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I
don’t get to read much fiction anymore, but I do read old woodworking
books almost every night (last night I finished the potboiler “Cabinet
Construction” (1937) edited by the great J.C.S. Brough). And the reason I
keep reading these books – even basic ones – is that there are gems to
be found.




Several
years ago I stumbled on a tip for planing a board by hand that I use
all the time in the shop. I’ve only seen it repeated a couple other
times in older texts, so I’m going to repeat it here.


Sometimes
when you are handplaning a board with a hollow you reach the point
where you are going to have to work for a long time and perhaps thin the
board too much to get at the low spot. If the area is in an area of the
board that doesn’t have joinery, or if it is on the show face of the
board (and its flatness isn’t critical), here’s what you do.




Lift


 

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