One last picture of lumber preparation. This shows one half of “the big one” that was resawn in the recent tutorial. Here, it has been reduced to the planking thickness of 5/16 inch. Five other planks need the same treatment, as do some covering boards and decks. The tools used were:
- a #5 jack plane with aggressive rounded blade (middle plane in the picture). It is quick at removing the rough saw marks from the outside faces of the board, and bring the thickness down.
- the long #7 jointer plane for flattening the board after rough thicknessing.
- the little #4 for smoothing.
Very sharp tools ease the job and keep my right rotator cuff from complaining too much.
No bench is ever long enough. See how the 16 foot board overhangs the 12 foot workbench.