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#1 posted 04-19-2013 11:36 PM

I also have a 22/44…

I think the important thing is simply to understand it is NOT a planer. You’re not going to zip off 1/8” with this thing.

I’ve used mine as coarse as 36 grit. It will flatten panels, but you have to understand the machine. Normally, I’ll go from the planer to 80 or 120 grit, depending on tearout left by the planer. The closer you can get to the final thickness with the planer, with tearout limited to what can be sanded out, the faster you’ll prepare stock.

For many parts, like cabinet face frames, I’ll plane to within 1/16” of final thickness, pick a “front” face, and sand that face to final thickness, usually ignoring the back. In this case, I might go 120-150-220 on the 22/44, finishing with a 220 grit ROS.

For furniture, I’ll get parts to a point where 120 grit sanding leaves a surface that can be hand planed to a finish ready surface.

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