Skip Planing Tutorial | Skip Plane & Flatten Reclaimed Wood | How To

Skip Planing Tutorial | Skip Plane & Flatten Reclaimed Wood | How To

//Support me on Patreon//: https://www.patreon.com/jonnybuilds In this Skip Planing Tutorial I’ll show you how to skip plane and flatten reclaimed barn wood two ways: with and without a planer sled. The reclaimed wood I used was warped, twisted, bowed, cupped, and curved, but I was able to use this reclaimed oak barn wood to build a table top. What is skip planing? Sending a board through a planer removing only small amounts of material to preserve character and saw milling marks in the wood. The planer literally “skips” parts of the wood surface. I hope this skip planing tutorial on how to skip plane and flatten reclaimed wood was useful. Hit me up with any questions or suggestions in the comments. Thanks.

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50 Comments

  1. David Januszewski on November 23, 2022 at 5:01 am

    About your skip-planing, to me skip-planing means that you keep turning the board over with each pass, removing small amounts from both sides equally.
    I turn the board over and end for end to keep the grain in the correct orientation.

  2. Gabriel Cservenszki on November 23, 2022 at 5:02 am

    You don’t know the Europe thickness planer?? It’s 20 times faster..,look at the Europe method,you will see the differences.

  3. Antonio Creo on November 23, 2022 at 5:03 am

    How much 1 unit.delta tickness planer

  4. Puneet Mittal on November 23, 2022 at 5:03 am

    @Jonny, how many passes did you make for this warped piece. I have a similar piece and may have already done almost 50 passes of 1/64th of inch. Just wondering if that is normal for such warped boards or is there something i might be doing wrong.

  5. Andri Parindwi on November 23, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Oke bosch 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩👍👍👍

  6. Daniel Balfour on November 23, 2022 at 5:04 am

    I can’t see anything about that board that would prevent getting it perfectly dimensioned. Your sled is really flimsy. For a board that long I’d make a sled from two pieces of 3/4 MDF. You’ll get a dead flat surface provided your planer blades are properly alignend.

  7. Rone Marshall on November 23, 2022 at 5:04 am

    Awesome man. Nice explanation.

  8. ChessMatica on November 23, 2022 at 5:06 am

    I think you would loose much less of material if you cut it in several pieces first. In any case, great job!! Thanks for the video!!

  9. Michael on November 23, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Awesome video. Haven’t seen anyone on youtube create a reclaimed wood panel desk top and I feel like you’d do it best. Laying reclaimed panels that are about 3/8" or 5/8" thick onto a piece of desk sized plywood, and then sanding and finishing would be a great video!

  10. Mark Leask on November 23, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Cut bad bits of timber like this to your shorter components to minimise the waste.

  11. Bruce A. Ulrich on November 23, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Good tips, Jonny! That one board was one of the most twisted I’ve ever seen. He’s under a little stress. 😉

  12. samlol23 on November 23, 2022 at 5:09 am

    What a great video. Subscribed! My only question is this; since you stopped shy of completely flattening the boards, especially that first one, how would you incorporate that into a table with a flat top? Obviously the top couldn’t be flat. Right?

  13. Gary Robertson on November 23, 2022 at 5:12 am

    So question for you. I have the same planer, do you have and issue with the dust collect?

  14. dustin alft on November 23, 2022 at 5:12 am

    New to your channel…I’m really digging it!! Thanks for the tricks and tips. I’m no carpenter lol..I do what I can. I love working with reclaimed wood…thanks.

  15. David Sizemore on November 23, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Fantastic! Straight to the point. Thanks for the video Jonny. I assume you are in OKC. I’m from Edmond. Thanks again.

  16. Andy P on November 23, 2022 at 5:15 am

    Nice, but man you really put a lot of trust in that glue

  17. Wagner Luís on November 23, 2022 at 5:17 am

    Very nice 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  18. sleste1 on November 23, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Wow. I just purchased 1100 sq ft of 75 year old KY barn wood for my floor from a small local company. Now I know what those guys went through to make all that beautiful flooring.

  19. Keith Hunter on November 23, 2022 at 5:19 am

    You may lose a lot but it’s much better than throwing it on the scrap heap ! Nice work 👍🇬🇧

  20. Jason Prewitt on November 23, 2022 at 5:19 am

    That’s doesn’t look like oak
    Maybe the Spaulding is throwing me off

  21. Joe Gray on November 23, 2022 at 5:23 am

    The wood would look much better if the job was not half done and leaving all those rough saw marks.

  22. youcan'tHandle thetruth on November 23, 2022 at 5:25 am

    It’s wayyyyyy better to just put water buckets under the wood, put little campfires under the buckets, hang the wood a little bit above the buckets, and cover it all up and steam that wood. Once the wood is nice and boiled up, you can sandwich that wood to straighten it out with some other boards and clamps. Leave it out to dry. Once it’s nice and dry, then you can send it through the jointer and planer.

    Or you can just hang the wood above a long pit fire, and constantly douse it in water until it becomes boiled, then go straight to the sandwich process. A million ways to boil or steam wood.

  23. Just Build It Canada on November 23, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Great video,👍🔥👍🔥

  24. Michael Savage on November 23, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Any chance you have a video link to the table that you made with these pieces? It was really helpful thanks

  25. Keith Decent on November 23, 2022 at 5:32 am

    i was suspicious as to how you could possibly turn that into a usable board, but you did it! great job

  26. Hey I'm a Maker on November 23, 2022 at 5:34 am

    I know that you mentioned that board would be used for a table. But if it’s at all possible I would cut those down to smaller lengths. You would save more material that way.

    You probably had shavings for days!

  27. Brian C on November 23, 2022 at 5:35 am

    In extreme cases, cut it in half… or third. Plane separately and join them back. If done right, you wont notice the seams.

  28. Tim Henry on November 23, 2022 at 5:36 am

    Lot of work. I have big pile of oak that came out of and old hog barn. 2×4 6 8 10 12 s. Some 16 foot long with some crazy twists and bends. Oh and plenty of nail to locate.most most of the good stuff was used for a loft in my barn, floor for a couple trailer I have, a lean to for fire wood and a few things I can’t think of for now. Still got a huge pile of wonky boards left.

  29. Christopher on November 23, 2022 at 5:37 am

    good video, thank you

  30. Matt Scott on November 23, 2022 at 5:38 am

    There"s this cool tool called a jointer, it might save some time and glue before you plane. thanks for the vid and keep building.

  31. Rick Price on November 23, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Instead of grabbing that sander, finish flattening with a jointer plane and smooth it with a #4 or #5 smoothing plane. Better flatness and prettier finish. Once you have a reference side you can joint an edge.

  32. bwh a on November 23, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Thats not barn wood. No nail holes. And the twist is because its just a board that laid somewhere unfastened out in the weather to obtain the "barn wood" look. I would guess it to be about 1 to 2 years old.

  33. Jordan on November 23, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Wouldn’t it be better to flip the board over each time you skip plane.

  34. MrGtownjake on November 23, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Great video but one peice of unsolicited advice, look into the lens and not at the flip screen.

  35. Cookinitmax on November 23, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Hey what do you think of the dewalt planer .

  36. Randy Baylor on November 23, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Why aren’t you gonna get it to a usable piece without skip planning? I make pieces as bad or worse than that usable with my number 6

  37. Knott Reel on November 23, 2022 at 5:43 am

    At last, someone made a video dealing with long boards. Thank you so much!

  38. Jess The Investor on November 23, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Thanks for the informative video. I’m excited to use a planer for the first time.

  39. Will March on November 23, 2022 at 5:45 am

    lol, new neighbor is in her 20’s and has a friend doing this right now. Someone busted up her property. Just amazing, haha

  40. Kimmerian's Shade on November 23, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Awesome job was expecting negative comments but glad to see that’s not the case! Thanks for sharing your technique s

  41. Hale Kus on November 23, 2022 at 5:46 am

    *Been waiting😉 to get one for awhile **MyBest.Tools** Love it and easy to use. Braced pieces and ran thru on edges. Solid😄😄product. Still using my hand💯 planer.*

  42. Daniel Miller on November 23, 2022 at 5:52 am

    I know this process well, but your explanation was crystal clear, and by far the best. Well done!

  43. Spencley Design Co. on November 23, 2022 at 5:54 am

    Finally…we know what skip planing is… 🙂 thanks jonny!!

  44. David Belfort on November 23, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Has all the reclaimed lumber you use, dry kilned so you know there are no bores in the wood. If not, how do you deal with the bores? May be a good episode?!

  45. James Nasmith on November 23, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Very clear and straightforward flow to your presentation. Thx.

  46. G C on November 23, 2022 at 5:56 am

    any chance to fix the twist soaking the board on the water or using steam?

  47. USMC SCOUT on November 23, 2022 at 5:56 am

    Isn’t there an attachment for the plainer as well that cleans splinters off without really removing material.

  48. Bruce Blackerby on November 23, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Great video. Love to see repurposing of old lumber.

  49. CMAenergy on November 23, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Another brain dead video maker, who thinks we have to have voice compete with music !

  50. Robert Hardy on November 23, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Try clamping at one end and then twisting the other end well past level, damping the wood and leaving for some time. Release one end and check straightness occasionally, it will remove most if not all of the twist over time.

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