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Forum topic by Th961605 posted 07-22-2016 01:38 AM 398 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Th961605

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07-22-2016 01:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: flatten table top

I’ve been making and flattening a lot of tables tables over the past few months (no thickness planer/drum sander), and I was wondering what high volume shops use to flatten them before finishing? Do they use massive planers or drum sanders, or do they have to go through the same routine of thickness planing two or three pieces before throwing them in a glue rack and then sanding? Curious, and appreciate any feedback.


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#1 posted 07-22-2016 01:42 AM

Lots of web sites tell you how to do it with a router and a carriage jig, worked great on mine.You can make the jig your self

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 01:50 AM

jwmalone, I didn’t mention that since I doubt any big shops do this due to the amount of time it takes, but I could be wrong! Again, I’m curious about what the high volume shops do.

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 01:51 AM

You got it! Large planers,and wide belt sanders.But at home ,I do it like you do,small sections at a time

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 02:01 AM

Depending on table size and bit size you can zip through one pretty fast, but if you’re only interested in how the big boys do it you must have a lot more money than me lol, I’ve done remodeling in lots of old mills through the years, cant name the equipment but its a big ass planer like chisler said. Most commercial factory’s plane it, put it together and call it good. check the high end furniture stores the tables are not flat, At least to a woodworkers specs. So yea they plane the boards then assemble sand if they feel like and finish

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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