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Forum topic by Insagent posted 09-17-2013 03:15 AM 841 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2013 03:15 AM

What would be the best way to plain several thick slabs of oak and walnut? They are about 30 inches wide and 4 inches thick. I have 15 inch plainer so any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 03:18 AM

30” wide is gonna be a tough one. If they’re fairly dimensioned already, you might call around to see if someone in your area might have a wide belt or drum sander. While neither will plow off wood like a planer will, the finish will be great.

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 03:15 PM

I second bigblockyeti.. it’s the best way to do it..

-- Randall Child

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 03:41 PM

You can use a router in a sled jig. That is my plan. Fine woodworking had a plan in their website somewhere, wood whisperer has a video about it, and there are a couple other youtube videos available showing how it works. Seems easy enough.

I have not tried it yet so cannot speak from experience. I built the sled and it was easy.

I found the Fine woodworking link

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 04:13 PM

A drum sanding job on several slabs will cost a small fortune if they are warped at all, I highly recommend the router/sled combination. It is kind of difficult to get it just right, but at least a person can get it close to help defray the cost of sanding. A plane,well used, will work well as well.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 05:57 PM

Router sled one side to get it square then take it to someone with a widebelt to have a perfect slab. Drum sanding somthing like this would be crazy expensive.

Or cut the slabs in half and re-glue.

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