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#1 posted 09-12-2016 03:51 PM

If it’s a smaller piece, like a rail or stile, I’ll often hit is with a #4 and possibly a scraper and call it good for finish. Any time I’ve done something bigger, like a table top or something, I may give it the once over with the ROS at 220, since I don’t want to scrape all of it (laziness).

I just finished prepping four 11.5”x48” shelves from hickory. I sent the four through the electric planer (I know that’s not what this topic is about) filled the few tearout spots with CA Glue, ROS 150-180-220 and they’re ready for a clear WB finish. The hickory has a lot of changing grain and is prone to tearing out easily, the shelves are made from bookmatched pieces, so the grain isn’t all going the same direction on one panel, so I opted to prep them with the ROS. Had it been something like maple, I may have been more confident with the hand planes, but I don’t have a huge arsenal of them (2 #4’s, a #5, a #7, router plane, and some blocks).

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