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Forum topic by robdem posted 01-09-2012 04:37 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2012 04:37 PM

I need to buy a flattening plate so I can flatten some hand planes that I have . Would like comments and advise should I buy piece 3/8 inch glass or a granite plate .Longest plane I have is a jointer plane at 22 inches .

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 04:44 PM

You can use the top of your table saw too with PS sandpaper. That is what I do for large items.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 04:56 PM

Granite tile from the BORG for the smaller planes, Glass for the bigger ones. No need for 3/8” if you have a flat place to work on. Regular window pane glass is fine. I used by TS top until I got the 24” hunk of glass. Less clean up. The granite tile is very handy, cheap, and less fragile than glass for the every day jobs.

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 04:59 PM

Perhaps you can call a local countertop manufacturer and see if they’ll sell you a sink cut out for cheap/free.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 05:09 PM

Not sure laminate covered particle board is flat enough. I wouldn’t think so, but I’m not an expert. Laminate covered MDF might be better. Glass and granite tiles are pretty flat, typically within a few thou I think.

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 05:51 PM

Ditto on what Brandon posted. I picked up a sink cutout from a local granite fabricator. Flat and free, and it look good in the shop (grin).


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#6 posted 01-10-2012 04:54 PM

Thanks for all the comments and ideas think I am going to go the way of granite . Going to see if local granite guy can help thanks guys

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