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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 404 days ago

I have a Veritas plane that works well, but it has a feature that many older planes do not… an adjustable throat. You slide the plate very close to the blade to limit tearout.

Truth be told, for large tabletops I take them to a local woodworking shop with a 50” drum sander. For a nominal cost, I smile as the monstrous sander yields a perfectly flat top. No tearout, no gouges, just perfect.

For smaller coffee tables, and dresser tops I use a different approach. I glue up pairs of boards. Then I plane down these planks while they still fit in my planer. Then I will glue the two planks together. That way, I only have one glue line to sand flush.

Are you familiar with the “I’s and O’s” technique on the jointer? It helps to produce flat tops that don’t need much sanding… http://lumberjocks.com/pintodeluxe/blog/33797 about half way down the page there is a description.

Good luck!

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