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09-28-2015 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple plane joining shaping

Hey guys and gals,
I’m making a table top for our dining room table, just replacing the factory top on it. Which style hand plane is best recommended for flattening the top? It is maple and the top will have a slight curve to it (following the grain for a more interesting design)


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 09:16 PM

For flattening a large top if you’re good you can get away with a #5/6.

A #7/8 would be best depending on the size of the top.

Keep that blade sharp with maple.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 09:39 PM

+1 to lat, especially the keeping sharp—frequent honing will be a must. Anything from a #5 on up in size would work fine for flattening. My personal preference is for a #6 or #5-1/2.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 09:56 PM

5 1/2 up. I do use a #7 as well.
Be sure to soften the corners on the iron of the plane to help prevent tracking as you flatten the top.


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