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how to dimension lumber using hand planes or an electric hand planer

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1) Flatten one face (the "registration face"):

2) Make one edge square to the registration face:

3) Make the second edge parallel to the first edge:

4 and 5) Square off both ends (typically done using a shooting board):

6) Make the second face be parallel to the first face ("thicknessing"):

the various ways that lumber can be warped [2]