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#1 posted 08-20-2018 12:49 AM

Saying Maple can cover soft stuff with a Janka hardness of 700 for Silver Maple (yard maple) up to 1450 for hard maple, so taking some off can be a chore if it’s some of the harder stuff. That is a fairly large object, so you are probably going to be in the bring the tool to the wood, work mode, rather than bring the wood to the tool.

If you have a belt sander that cuts it down pretty quick, hand planes can make high spots disappear, or laying two flat, same height runners over top of it you can use a flat cutting router bit, and work the board flat, and easily knock off high spots. Google router sled, a pretty easy to do project. Look at you tube for videos about the router sled. Depends on the tools you have available, and are most comfortable using.

Posting this because the same method can be used for a hand plane, and a belt sander. Using either chalk, or a pencil to scribble across the surface you can keep checking how much you are removing so you don’t end with a wallow. A straight piece of wood, or metal with a true straight edge can be used to sight down the board to let you know if you are going flat or not.

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