JPG wrote:thunderbirdbat wrote:Hobbyman2 wrote:rule of thumb is cut length then joint and plane and then cut to width ? at times I have had to open the garage door ?
I usually cut to length plus an inch or two so that after I joint the piece I can then go back and square the end cuts to the jointed or reference edge.
THAT would be a better 'rule'.
I use mostly rough sawn stock. The fist thing to do is cut the stock to rough length. That mitigates most of the curve (if any) on the edge of the stock. Next, joint one edge to get a straight reference surface. Then rip the stock with the jointed edge against the fence to approximate width (+1/4). Next flatten one face on the jointer. Then plane the opposite surface to parallel with the jointed face and to the proper thickness. Then rip to the approximate width and joint the ripped edge to the final width. Now you should have a perfectly square piece of stock. Next cross cut one end to make it square. Then set the length and cut off the other end.
The result is a perfectly sized piece of stock.
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