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Forum topic by Scottlj posted 10-02-2016 04:34 AM 198 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scottlj

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10-02-2016 04:34 AM

Howdy,

I’m wondering if anyone knows of any cabinet shops or woodworking places in the Fairfield County, CT or Westchester Country, NY areas where they have a wide belt sander and willing to help me flatten some table tops. I’ve already checked with a Woodcraft shop nearby and they don’t have one.

What I’ve got is three beautiful glued up 5/4 Red Oak panels that will be 46” long by 42” wide, (two ends and a center panel that will be sliced into 18” pieces to make leaves). These panels will get breadboards later using mortise / tenon and draw bored method. (So 3” off each of the ends will be used for tenons, but that’s probably not actually relevant to this problem.)

Why looking for sander? Well… I did a pretty good job with the glue up actually. (Used plenty of clamps, plus some clamping cauls I’d made to keep things flat as possible.) But there’s some ridges / seems in a few spots where the six 7” boards meet. I’ve got a 3”x18” belt sander, but only a #5 plane. And I can’t really afford a really good #7 plane now, nor do I have much skill in planing. I’m thinking if I can find a place to help me just do this for a few $, it would be faster and easier. (And yes, it could be I’m partly scared of planing because I haven’t practiced enough. But this project is not one I should learn on as just too expensive to screw it up at this point.)

If I can’t find a good machine, I’ll probably try carefully using the belt sander. I know that many prefer the planer method for such things. But the high spots aren’t that bad and I don’t want to utterly destroy the grain with poor planing skills. While I wait a few days for the glue to fully dry out and see if any of the ridges resolve themselves if swelling goes down, I might glue up some practice pieces and try my hand at planing practice.

But as much as I’d like to do all the work myself, for this part, I’d be perfectly happy to spend a few $$$, (ideally under $100), to just have it all done in an hour or so.

Thanks for any suggestions!


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#1 posted 10-02-2016 12:38 PM

Hope you find something closer, but if you don’t…

Further away is CT Wood Group in Enfield, and Parkerville Wood Products in Manchester, both offer this service. On the upside, both are very near Interstate highway exits.

I’ve also heard that General Wood Craft in the New London area also offers the service, but don’t have any personal experience with them. They could be easier if you’re in the I-95 corridor.

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#2 posted 10-03-2016 03:16 AM

Hmmm… New London is 90 minutes, which isn’t close really, but not out of the question. Thanks for suggestion.

My current plan after laying things out a bit is to cut down the excess on the ends and maybe practice with that and a smaller planer. (Maybe bite the bullet and get a bigger one.) If I don’t screw it up horribly, maybe do that. The thing is, I also need to add breadboards. So if I flatten these, I still need to add the breadboards and then I may have same issue. I can’t add the breadboards without flattening though, otherwise when I rout out the stub tenons, they’d be uneven.

Kind of sucks lacking in gear and skills! Maybe I’ll try to flatten ends enough to get breadboards done and bring the whole of the components to the place and have it all done at once.

Here’s how it looks so far in any case:

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