|Forum topic by Luke||posted 12-15-2010 04:05 PM||2836 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
12-15-2010 04:05 PM
So I glued up about 5 boards to make a 48×20” panel out of red oak. 3/4” thick. I did plane down my boards before glue up and made sure to glue them so that there were not step ups going from one board to the next. Once glued up there was a slight bow in the panel from side to side (maybe 1/64” total bow). I am limited on tools for doing this job so I pulled out my Lie Nielsen smoothing plane to smooth out the top and bottom. Man am I having a hard time with it. I’ve got my straight edge out and trying to hit only the high spots and work my way down to the low while trying to keep everything uniform. I also don’t want to make the board uneven as in 3/4” thick in some spots and more or less in others. It took me almost and hour with my smoother and a card scraper to get the one side looking really good. It was making me sweat in 40 degree weather in my shop! I realize I probably should use a large planer or sander or a number 7 or higher jointer plane but hey, I just don’t own anything that large and still want to create these larger pieces.
Anyhow, just thought I’d throw this out there and see what you all would do differently with the same setup. Also just wanted to hear that other people have the same problems and that I am not alone in this aspect and being a complete idiot.
-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com