From the Bench: Precision Edge-jointing by Hand

Even if you own a powered jointer, you can get a superior fit with a long hand plane.
By Don McConnell
Pages: 92-94

From the February 2004 issue #139
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I imagine a good percentage of you are wondering why in the world you should learn to joint a board’s edge with a hand plane. After all, most woodworkers own a machine jointer and have gotten by without this hand skill.

However, having jointed edges by both hand and machine, I’ve found it requires a good deal of care to tune a machine jointer for precision edge-jointing. And it’s almost always possible to improve the jointed edge by planing it by hand – even those edges from well-maintained machines.

From the February 2004 issue #139
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