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Posted on Flattening a large bowed piece of wood w/o losing thickness

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 02:33 PM

I would recommend a hand plane. Get a #5 or a #7 – #5 will be cheaper, but not as easy to get your board flat as with a #7. For this scale of project and because it’s a table top, I would go with a #5 because perfectly flat is not super important, it just needs to look flat and contact your underlying table support in all locations.

Now, I recognize that suggesting you go get a hand plane opens up a whole other can of worms – sharpening, flattening boards by hand, using a hand plane in general. But to be honest, there is plenty to learn with a power jointer as well, maybe more so because a jointer’s operation is not always intuitive (I almost quit woodworking trying to get mine to work correctly).

Anyway whatever you decide, check back because we’re here to help.

-- -Dan

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