Wood doesn't come straight and square from the tree or from the lumberyard. Milling your stock flat and square is the first job on the road to a successful project. It requires sharp blades and a keen mind, using your wits while keeping all your fingers. Milling your wood is the foundation for your work. If you have unsquare, twisted or warped boards, it is very difficult to make accurate joints that fit well.
Learning a procedure for milling makes your mill work go more smoothly but will also give you a better yield on your lumber. See how to read a board before buying it. What are the common defects you should know about for any species of wood? Discover the differences between early and late wood growth and the 3 common types of porosity in lumber. Knowing the way a species will look, take finish, and age affects the look of every one of the pieces that you make. Learn how to turn twisted wood into useful lumber, and how to mill out defects to maximize each board. In this class you will discover methods for the proper use of your band saw, jointer, planer, and table saw to accurately mill your stock.