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Posted on Can this Table Surface be planed?

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#1 posted 08-05-2021 07:32 PM

Because I have one I would start with an orbital sander and 100 grit sand paper. Once the main part of the surface dirt is removed change to 150 grit followed by 220 grit and 320 if it appears needed.

I can’t tell from the photos but if it has a surface finish like a varnish or varathane I would use a paint scraper to remove that and any debris on the surface. Then sand it. I like the Warner model 741 scraper. It is inexpensive (about $3) with cheap blade replacement and it can be quickly re-sharpened multiple times with a file or grinder. The big box stores usually carry it. Don’t bother with the other scrapers they don’t work nearly as well. I have tried most of them.

You didn’t say what type of planer you have but this could damage the blades. Epe by itself will do a job on the sharpness of the blades not counting on any debris lodged in the wood.

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