Removing the Bow Out of Old Studs

As I prep the studs for drywall I’ve been happy to find that most are straight and plumb — I haven’t had to shim them many of them.  There were a few that were bowed pretty significantly in the kitchen, and because they butt right up against the chimney the only way to fix them was to plane them down.  I am a big hand tool enthusiast but I’ve been so busy for the past 9 months working on the restoration that I’ve barely touched my hand planes.  To remove the bow in these problem studs I used my jack plane vertically starting at the peak of the crown and then taking longer successive passes until the bow was gone.  In the photo above you can see the fresh grain on the stud to the bottom right after I planed it down.

It’s nice to see fresh grain on the old fir 2×4’s, and the shavings have an incredible sweet smell.  The holes are from the nails that held the lath up.

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