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Forum topic by WoodwolfAtl posted 02-22-2017 03:57 AM 825 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2017 03:57 AM

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Im building a dining table. it’s 52 wide by 108 long. No typos

it’s broken into 4 glued up sections of 8/4 stock. Each section is 52” long. 2 sections are 22 wide. The other 2 are 32 wide.

Glue up of each was decent but nowhere near flat for table top

Whats the best way to get all 4 sections of equall thickness? after glue up each is about 1.5 inch thick I’m aiminno for final thickness of 1 3/8 to 1.5 inches

I’m afraid I bit more than I can chew

Any tips would be greatly appreciated

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#1 posted 02-22-2017 04:37 AM

You are going to need a good hand plane and someone to teach you how to use it.

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 04:47 AM

Forget a hand plane on a top that big. I would trim the width to 50” and find a commercial shop that can plane it for you.

I use a shop with a 50” helical head planer / drum sander. In just a couple quick passes, my panels emerge flat and smooth. All I need to do is sand it with a ROS .

Good luck with it.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 02-22-2017 10:49 PM

Woodwolf, Willie provided the best solution, but if you absolutely need it to be 52” wide, you could make a router sled like is used to flatten slabs. HTH

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#4 posted 02-22-2017 11:20 PM

Thank you all very much for your advise

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