Glued up end table tops...getting them flat?

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Forum topic by Mike posted 05-15-2012 10:44 AM 1227 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 10:44 AM

Just wondering, in the interest of saving time…has anyone tried a Makita corded hand planer (or similiar manufacture) to finish a glued up table top? It seems if you knew what you were doing you could really flatten one out quickly, although I’m sure I could ruin a top even quicker haha! Before I invest in a tool I figured I’d ask here.

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 12:50 PM

I t hink that you’ll find people use hand planes, a router planning sled, or a drum sander to flatten table tops or other items that are too large to shove through the planer. I havent tried the electric planer technique myself but i tend to think of it like a belt sander … that is a good way to screw somethin up pretty quick. Just my 2 cents.

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 01:33 PM

YES. You can use a powered handplane “if you know what you are doing” When I have large bumps to take out I use mine. Set your plane to take very very light cuts, taking lots of passes at a criss cross pattern.

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 01:48 PM

An end table isn’t that big. I think I’d look around and see if there is a shop that could run it through a drum sander for you. :)

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