Planing an octagon – FineWoodworking


Michael planes the facets of the octagon using—you guessed it—the jointer plane.


Nov 30, 2022

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Videos in the Series

  • November 30, 2022

    All it takes to make a perfectly flat board is a jointer plane and some patience.

  • November 30, 2022

    Continuing with the jointer plane, Michael squares the first two edges to the face of the board.

  • November 30, 2022

    In order to create a perfect octagon, the last edge of the board is sawn and planed to be perfectly square to the face, and the other edges—a difficult task.

  • November 30, 2022

    Michael’s jointer plane is the tool of choice for finishing off the milling of this perfect board.

  • November 30, 2022

    Michael demonstrates how to lay out a perfect octagon using only a compass and straightedge.

  • November 30, 2022

    Michael planes the facets of the octagon using—you guessed it—the jointer plane.

  • November 30, 2022

    Bringing it all together are the beveled facets, which will only meet up as they should if everything up to now has been done perfectly.



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