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Posted on Newbie question about drum sand vs planer

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#1 posted 09-11-2017 07:04 PM

Drum sander does the exact same thing as a planer, just at a much slower pace and shallower cut. To flatten a board, you need to shim under it where it does not touch the surface.( of a flattening sled) to keep it steady through the planer or sander. When one side is flat, take it off the sled and run it through to flatten the other side. A good planer will give you a finish ready surface just like a drum sander will.

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