Squaring a board is one of the most basic skills a woodworker must have. If you’re not starting with a board that’s square on all six sides, it’s hard to make a woodworking project that’s square. Check out this posthaste video to learn, in just over a minute, how to square a board.
You’ll see a variety of tools used as you learn how to square a board; jointer, planer, table saw, and miter saw. The video will also help you understand how these tools work together to result in a perfectly square board that’s precisely dimensioned. Once you have this sequence down, you’ll wonder how you got by without it.
Working with square stock is the cornerstone of any project. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to the assembly step and finding that your parts won’t quite go together or, no matter what you do, you can’t quite get things to come together squarely. This is especially critical any time you make a woodworking project that includes moving parts like doors and drawers.
Start with setting up tools
You’ll have a very hard time getting your board square if your tools aren’t set up well. In addition to learning to square a board, you may want to have a look at making certain that your table saw set up is correct, and you should also have a look at setting up a miter saw.