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Posted on Electric hand planers, or belt sanders how useful are they?

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 07:17 AM

When I need to shave a door bottom, I grab either (battery or corded) of the electric planes. Fast, accurate and done. For removing a lot of material, yes the belt sander is really aggressive, but it would be hard for me to get a large area (say a door face or rough 4×8 sheet of BC plywood planed truly flat with a belt sander. It is pretty easy to go from rough and flat to smooth and not flat. The random orbital sanders have a place as well.

Hand planes are best admired from a distance IMO. I sometimes look at them on the wall as I practice scary fast instead of scary sharp. My own primitive tool exhibit. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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