Aug 302012
 
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First I want to decide how to orient the top boards.  So I looked them over, turned them around, and flipped them until I was happy with the top side and match.  They ended up in a slip-match but one board is turned 180 degrees because they taper in width top to bottom by 4-6″ (just like a tree).  This way I get the maximum total width from just two boards.  Once decisions are made, I use chalk to mark the pieces.

English Walnut Two-Board Top

English Walnut Two-Board Top

Now it”s time to get to work: flattening the top.  My Lie-Nielsen #62 becomes the workhorse for these boards since they are too big for my jointer / planer.  A toothed blade does nice work, quickly.

Lie-Nielsen #62 Flattens the Boards

Lie-Nielsen #62 Flattens the Boards


Morton is a furniture designer builder working in Harvard, MA.  He reviews tools for Highland Woodworking on YouTube.  You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter @morton, and his own YouTube channel.

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