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#1 posted 08-20-2018 01:02 AM

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.

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He said he’s using a spindle sander to remove irregularities from cutting with a saber saw, not flattening the surface.

I run mesquite with a hardness of over 2300 (at least according to the Wood Database) on mine and it cuts very quickly. Perhaps your sleeve is worn. You can flip it over on the spindle if you haven’t done so already. Otherwise, maybe it would be good to go down to 60 grit.

Be sure to use the largest spindle sleeve you can. It will make it easier to get a smooth line and the larger diameter will mean faster cutting due to a higher linear velocity. You can switch down to smaller ones when you need to get into tight places.

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