Part 2

How to Size the Panels

In this lesson, I show you how to size panels by hand to ensure they are straight, square and parallel.

Lesson Objectives

Sizing panels is incredibly easy to get incredibly wrong. If you make a small error such as referencing off the wrong face when shooting end square. It can have disastrous consequences for your project if left unnoticed.

The fundamental thing to remember when carrying out this process is always reference off your face edge. No matter what. These principles are relevant in both sizing timber by hand, as demonstrated in this video. And also sizing timber on machines. Whether it be a small table saw, or an industrial sized panel saw.

If care is not taken, big problems will arise!

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How to Edge Joint the Panels

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How to Cut the Half-Blind Dovetails

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

This video teaches you how to create a cambered blade for your handplane. An indispensable addition when edge jointing.

Don’t have a shooting board? This is how you knock one together in two minutes with a couple of clamps and limited materials.

Looking to get the most from your shooting board? This ramped version has multiple benefits over the traditional design!

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

*To Be Filmed

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