Juniper Table Restoration #2: Plane practice on the underside

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Blog entry by junipercanyon posted 01-09-2012 06:44 PM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sanding and disassemble Part 2 of Juniper Table Restoration series Part 3: Sanding, Planing, Sanding, and a little more Sanding »

The original maker of this table was much better at applying his time and talents on the side of the table a person can actually see, and left the underside rough cut. There were drips and runs from the original finish, and at some point in the past 70years the table was stored upside down as there were a few water spots and bird poop stains under there. I tried and tried to ignore it and kept telling myself that there was no reason to waste my time on the underside, but I just couldn’t let it go….and besides, I needed practice with using a hand plane. So, the underside of this table is going to be as finished as the top, I may be the only person who would ever care or notice, but since I’m doing the work cause I want to, I’m the one who I have to please in the first place right??!!! I have never used a hand plane before so it took some trial and error to figure out how to get nice ribbons of wood to peel off, but I think I got it working pretty good. Several more hours of sanding to go, and lots of Tung oil to rub in and this should be a beautiful piece of functioning wood art!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 05:58 AM

Interesting project, but I think i would rather use a belt sander starting with 80 grit then 100, 150, 220 and 400.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 05:19 PM

I used a belt sander on the top side and it worked great, but I had just bought this hand plane and thought it would be a great chance to practice. It worked really good, and made a heck of a lot less dust. And it feels really cool when you get the ribbons of wood rolling off the plane.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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