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Posted on What flatness tolerance can be achieved over a large surface with hand planes?

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 02:50 PM

I have a work bench and an assembly table. Both are pretty flat, with the assembly table being very flat. I used two layers of MDF for the assembly table, with the top being laminated in white. Size is 24×55 inches, and I made sure there was enough edge sticking out for use in clamping. MDF is flat, and no way I could hand plane wood that flat. And when the laminated MDF gets glue or paint on it, I just scrape it off with a paint scraper. Once a year or so i’ll Sand it with 220 grit and a ROS to clean the laminate back to clean white.

The work bench is also quite flat, and made like a large cutting board, with 2 1/2 inch wide ash boards face glued. I made it in sections, so that I could run it through the planer, then glued up the sections with clamps and cauls.

A flat work surface is important, and I just did not think I could get there with a hand plane.

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