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October 14, 2015

Sneak up on a perfectly planed workpiece

Sneak up on a perfectly planed workpiece

Don’t trust your planer’s thickness indicator? For perfectly thicknessed stock, make this reference gauge. To ensure precision, cut the dadoes with straight router bits ranging from 1⁄8″ to 3⁄4″; then label them with a fine-tip marker.

After each pass on the planer, check your stock for fit in the appropriate dado. When the planed piece slides in, your thickness is perfect.
—Keith James, Reno, Nev.

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