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07-13-2014 03:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple sander planer refurbishing traditional

I am refinishing an older maple pastry board for my wife. The board itself is in good condition however it does have a wobble. I am looking for advice on leveling it out. I am considering planing or sanding down the high points.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 03:43 PM

How far “off” is the board?


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#2 posted 07-13-2014 04:06 PM

3/8 inch at most.

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 04:11 PM

You can always use the low point as a reference and run it through the table saw.


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#4 posted 07-13-2014 04:12 PM

I wonder if cutting the board into 2 or 3 strips (then joint and plane each) ,and gluing them up would work?
You will waste 1/8” 0r 1/4” from the width. that would be the only drawback I can see.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 04:49 PM

With those two edges in the way, I don’t see a good solution. I have seen router sleds that could be used to plane the surface flat , but you would still have to deal with the area of the board adjacent to the two ledges.

How big is the board?
Is there any way to remove the two ledges?

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 04:54 PM

Put three feet under it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#7 posted 07-13-2014 05:26 PM

Ledges pretty well have to stay. If I can’t get it to level out, I might just glue a shim to the bottom side to make up for the gap.

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 03:32 AM

Edge mold with hardwood and biscuit joint it all the way around. Clamp to a flat surface while gluing.

That usually takes the bow out of it. And if you are really sneaky, make the edge band just a bit taller than the board and create a foot all the way around that IS flat.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 07:01 AM

You could try a planing jig for a router. Just google the phrase “flatten board with router” and you will see a number of examples such as this and a number of Youtube videos as well.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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