Thomas Walnut Dresser: Cutting and Hand Planing Thin Strips for Trim

What a great weekend – a lot of progress!

Yesterday I finalized some details on the dresser and cut the strips of walnut for trim. There are many methods for cutting thin strips, here’s how I worked through it yesterday.

  1. Set the distance between the fence and the blade to 1/32” greater than the final measurement. This allows for cleaning up after the table saw cut.
  2. Create a sacrificial push stick out of wood. The saw blade will go into this so don’t use your good push stick. Make sure you have a notch on the back to catch the work piece and push it along.
  3. Always use a feather board, and make sure the notch in your push stick doesn’t catch on your feather board or you won’t be able to push the stock through.
  4. Put a mark on one side of the stock you’re ripping from. This mark will always face away from the fence.
  5. Plane the opposite face so that it looks great, this face will ride against the fence and will be visible on your project.
  6. Adjust your feather board so that it secure the stock tight against the fence.
  7. Make your rip cut, using your sacrificial push stick.
  8. Make a mark on the backside of the finished piece so you know that’s the glue side.
  9. Go back to step 5 until you’re done.

It’s kind of a pain to go back and forth between the saw and bench so many times, but you are guaranteed that your visible faces will look great and all your strips are the same thickness.


Here’s what all those shavings look like. These smell so good, are a great way to get a campfire started, and would even look great in an Easter Basket (according to my mother-in-law). That Stanley Sweetheart #4 is awesome, and so is the Stanley Sweetheart low—angle block plane.



Here’s a pile of the trim pieces all ready to go.

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