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#1 posted 06-14-2016 02:33 PM

So after several hours of effort, most of the time fixing mistakes, the end result is pretty impressive, at least to me. For future reference, should be about a half hour with the plane dialed in correctly. Out of all the factors, it seemed the single biggest contribution to avoiding chatter and dead stops was getting the blade aligned so the center leads the cut and then tightened enough that it doesn’t veer off to the side after a few minutes, but not so tight that I cant adjust the blade depth; those two settings need to be perfect so that 1 inch shavings peel off dead center. It’s too sensitive. Once it’s set right, a tick in either direction or slight change in depth and it’s all over. But when set right, it holds out, I was going on and on cleaning up mistakes without it falling apart or needing to sharpen, in fact, that last sharpening was only with 1000 grit.

“You’ll still need to sand a surface before you finish it.”

It’s going to be hard to do that after all that work. if this is correct, it certainly lowers the bar for end result—which is good news in a way. But let me run this by everyone. First off, the table I’m making is going to be a router table/work table combo. After all that planning, it shines like poly, and slicker than any table I have. But I know it’s not protected, and I know that by being so shiny it’s not going to absorb finish well. The only finish I’ve ever used is poly, but the idea for this table was to do everything with poly except the table top, not sand it, and rub in Danish oil. So the question: considering this is for a work bench, and I’m going to use Danish oil on top, would it be better to leave it the ultra smooth plane surface or sand first?

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