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

  • Published on Sep 27, 2018
  • //Support me on Patreon//: 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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Comments • 73

  • Puneet Mittal
    Puneet Mittal 2 months ago

    @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.

  • Brian Choi
    Brian Choi 4 months ago

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

  • Catherine Buck
    Catherine Buck 5 months ago

    I really don't know much about working with wood at all. I have taken on the challenge of doing a school bus conversion on my own. I love the look of old wood that's been skip planed. After watching your video and hearing your excellent instructions on how to achieve the skip plane look. I think I just might be able to accomplish the look I'm going for. I'm so glad I found you.
    Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. I love a man that's tatted up and good with tools 😉 a man after my own heart... I'm kidding with you, thanks for the great info 😊

  • Joe Gray
    Joe Gray 6 months ago

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

  • lauren oquain
    lauren oquain 6 months ago

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

  • David Sizemore
    David Sizemore 6 months ago

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

  • Michael Savage
    Michael Savage 6 months ago

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

  • CMAenergy
    CMAenergy 7 months ago +6

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

    • CMAenergy
      CMAenergy 4 months ago

      @rm709 Obviously you do not comprehend the difference when some people a great majority have a hearing problem. That makes it almost impossible for many to comprehend what is being said, Obviously some people think the blind must lead the blind. Educate ones self for the benefit for others.

    • rm709
      rm709 4 months ago

      Looks you can't even make a video... see ya, no one forced you to watch! ✌️

    • brtrimmer13
      brtrimmer13 6 months ago +2

      Another brain dead commenter who thinks his preferences are everyone's preference.

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliott 7 months ago +2

    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.

  • Just Build It Canada
    Just Build It Canada 7 months ago

    Great video,👍🔥👍🔥

    USMC SCOUT 7 months ago

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

  • David Januszewski
    David Januszewski 8 months ago +1

    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.

    • Jordan Logan
      Jordan Logan 7 months ago

      David Januszewski completely agree. If you just keep pushing through one side it will just contour to the side that’s riding on the bottom

  • DIY w TLC
    DIY w TLC 9 months ago

    so, this may be a dumb question when reclaiming wood. Can you run wood through a planer that has a finish or paint on it?

    • Robert Bamford
      Robert Bamford 7 months ago

      I’ve heard it dulls the knives very quickly - and there is the possibility of lead dust being released in planing.

    • Leo Vazenios
      Leo Vazenios 9 months ago +1

      \\DIY\ w/TLC “can” - yes, I’ve been doing it to remove several layers of paint from some old planks. “Should” I’m not sure...probably not best practice, but it produces a nice aesthetic result.

  • sleste1
    sleste1 9 months ago

    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.

  • Mark Leask
    Mark Leask 9 months ago

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

    • Mark Leask
      Mark Leask 9 months ago

      @Jonny Builds
      7 foot long. Not 7 foot square. ;)
      I hear you bud, it wasn't for your benefit, it was for others new to the trade. Thank you for the content and the reply.

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  9 months ago

      Yes, but when you’re not making a 7 foot table like I was.

  • Matt Scott
    Matt Scott 9 months ago

    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.

    • andrei hurr
      andrei hurr 7 months ago

      they are kinda hard to find second hand and super expensive new

  • Rick Price
    Rick Price 10 months ago +1

    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.

  • Daniel Miller
    Daniel Miller 10 months ago +5

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

  • Andy P
    Andy P 10 months ago

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

  • Randy Baylor
    Randy Baylor 10 months ago

    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

  • bwh a
    bwh a 10 months ago +1

    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.

    • brtrimmer13
      brtrimmer13 6 months ago

      Looks like someone's never heard of timber framing.

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  10 months ago +1

      It’s literally reclaimed barn wood.

  • Jason Prewitt
    Jason Prewitt 11 months ago +1

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

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  10 months ago +1

      We realized later that it’s pecan.

    • John Sabanosh
      John Sabanosh 10 months ago

      Its not, it is most likely chestnut. The way he is holding the board in one hand proved it as chestnut is not nearly as heavy like oak. Additionally, there are no "rays" in the grain from the video.

  • Rone Marshall
    Rone Marshall Year ago

    Awesome man. Nice explanation.

  • MrGtownjake
    MrGtownjake Year ago

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

  • Hey I'm a Maker
    Hey I'm a Maker Year ago +1

    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!

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago

      I talk about it in my Parsons table video.

    • Hey I'm a Maker
      Hey I'm a Maker Year ago

      @Jonny Builds do you have a video showing where you got this wood? It's neat how barns were made with the local wood. Around here it's all pine.

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago +1

      Hey I'm a Maker Good tip!

    • Hey I'm a Maker
      Hey I'm a Maker Year ago +1

      I meant in general if some else was trying to flatten a board like this. Not much you can do in your scenario :)

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago +1

      It’s a 90” board for an 84” table.

  • dustin alft
    dustin alft Year ago

    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.

  • Bruce A. Ulrich
    Bruce A. Ulrich Year ago

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

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago

      Haha, yeah that was a gnarly piece of wood.

  • Wagner Luís
    Wagner Luís Year ago

    Very nice 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Keith Decent
    Keith Decent Year ago +3

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

    • andrei hurr
      andrei hurr 7 months ago

      @cranky1964 now ya see the problem with this claim is that he used it as part of a table top.

    • Rollack
      Rollack 8 months ago +1

      @cranky1964 link us to ur woodworking tutorials! Would love to see the master at work.

    • cranky1964
      cranky1964 10 months ago

      I wouldn't call that usable, that still needs a heaps more planning unless your making a fence or a feed trough.

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago +1

      Thanks brother!

  • Dario Mijač
    Dario Mijač Year ago +2

    Maybe cut it in half first you will lose less board.

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago

      It’s a 7’6” board for a 7’ Table.

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  • Modustrial Maker
    Modustrial Maker Year ago

    Really cool technique! I'll have to put this in my bag of tricks for use at some point.

  • Рукастый БЛОГ

    Hi) Do can you make wood box and delivery in Russia?

  • Murph's Workshop
    Murph's Workshop Year ago

    Way to go Jonny!!! Enjoyed the lesson!!! Later, Murph

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  • David Shaper
    David Shaper Year ago +36

    If you know you don't need the length, you can save a lot of thickness by cutting in half before planing. Nice video!

    • Jonny Builds
      Jonny Builds  Year ago +7

      Thank you David! The boards were for a 7 foot table, and they were cut 6 inches longer to account for potential snipe.

  • Brian Sargent
    Brian Sargent Year ago

    Beautiful wood, and nice techniques.

  • Xquisit Ink
    Xquisit Ink Year ago

    I’ll have to remember this. Thanks you for share.

  • FocusTM
    FocusTM Year ago

    Goood jab bro - Hi From Baku - Azerbaijan!!! 🇦🇿🇦🇿🤠👍🏻🤠💋😘👌🏻🤗 WELCOME to may own CHANNEL! :)

  • Fred McIntyre
    Fred McIntyre Year ago

    Great technique Jonny, thanks for sharing! 👍👊