For dealing with
grain it is possible to buy
planes with a frog which pitches the blade at an angle of 50 degrees or
and some plane makers can supply a high angle frog to convert existing
The other problem with knotty
wood is that the resin from
the knot will seep through paint leaving a circular brown stain.
To prevent this the knot needs
to be painted with a
Knotting Solution before priming.
‘Knotting’ is a shellac based
Another option for small face
knots is to drill out the
knot and replace it with a glued in plug made from the same material as
sawn wood can be made fairly stable, just by ripping it
down the middle.
The outer edges will be vertical grain, progressively
transitioning to flat in the middle, then back to vertical on the other
If you run this through a table saw, ripping it right down the middle,
have two boards, both with a high percentage of quarter sawn material
Now, if you make another pass through the table saw, ripping an inch or
the heart wood edge, you now have a much more stable board.
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