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

Consider a sander like a planer with much finer control over the cut, but the cut can not be nearly as aggressive as a planer provides.

A sander excels at gnarly grain (no tear out) and as you noticed, end grain.

Where a planer will force the bow out of a board as it gets pressed flat by the rollers, a sander has much less aggressive down pressure and a bowed board will result in snipe unless a sled and shims are used.

I own both. I rarely use the planer except for getting close to final thickness. I use the sander if I’m within 1/8” or so of final thickness. A few passes with 36 grit paper can quickly get me down to a few 0.01’ths where I’ll use finer grits.

I also tend to remove minor twist/bow on the sander with a sled and shims.

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