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Forum topic by econsigny posted 12-11-2011 05:34 AM 1440 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2011 05:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane sanding blo

I will be hand planing and finishing a slab of walnut for the first time. All I have ever known is once you have run your material through a power planer you sand them down and finish after that.

With hand planes is that no longer needed, or are smoothing planes and such just something done before sanding, which is a given for no matter what kind of finish you’re going to apply.

For reference I’m planning on BLO most likely.

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 06:24 AM

I prefer a planed finish. If you are going for super smooth, you can touch up any rough spots with a scraper. The only problem is if you are used to the feel of sanded wood, it can feel a bit different. Some woods with a really open grain may seem especially odd feeling. Then you go with a sealer coat of finish.

Some people go ahead and sand a bit with fine paper after.

Try it on a piece of scrap and see how you like it.

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 08:19 AM

Short answer is no, smoothing planes are not what’s done before sanding. The right smoother will result in stuff that is ready for finish. Period, no further action required.

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 06:25 PM

All depends on just how well you plane and the condition of your planes (well tuned and super sharp).


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#4 posted 12-12-2011 12:45 AM

you won’t know until you try. My current project has some finished pieces I haven’t posted yet, but its been all hand planes and a quick hit with 220 sand paper. The new #62 came in real handy today leveling the top.

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