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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 07-01-2015 06:15 PM 1681 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2015 06:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip pine plane milling

With just a few handplanes. Only electric needed is for the overhead lights…

The Panel. Just four pine boards. Resawn from a 4×4, and a little uneven. Clamped down to the bench

First plane to see the panel. About 14” long, with a cambered edge to the iron. Somewhere around a 8-9” radius, might have resharpened it once in the last year or so

This is what I look for, thick curls. I go almost straight across the grain, other than a diagonal at a big knot.

When I start to get these shavings all the way across, it means I am almost flat, time to switch gear

A 18” long Fore plane/try plane. I now go at a diagonal to the grain, looking to level out the scoop marks. Starting to get a decent long shaving across the panel….on to the next plane

A Smooth plane? not exactly, 14” long smooth planecleaning up the diagonal marks from the longer plane. Then a shorter smooth plane can clean up as needed…

Panel is now flat, and smooth enough not to needed sandpaper. Doesn’t take all that long, either.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-01-2015 06:55 PM

Nicely done.
Looks like it COULD be fun….
But I’ll stick with my electron killing thickness planer!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 07:13 PM

Nice! I love using my planer, but it certainly isn’t as quiet as doing it with hand planes.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 08:04 PM

Thanks for the pictures and excellent blog. Quite professionally flattened and ready for the glue up, huh? Or do you go to the jointer for edge truing?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 08:15 PM

Edge truing up is by the jointer…planes

This one is a No.6c. Depending on the length, I will use either a #5 jack plane up to the 24” long Stanley #31. That one is in my avatar,BTW

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 08:16 PM

Thanks for the instructions.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 07-01-2015 08:30 PM

Nicely done, Bandit. There’s a lot to be said for doing this by hand – little noise, good exercise, building skill, no electrons, great feeling of accomplishment. Probably more people would flatten panels this way if they realized that with just a bit (OK, a fair amount) of practice and sharp tools it is not as tough as it sounds.

-- Matt, Northern CA

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#7 posted 07-01-2015 08:54 PM

Nicely done, Bandit! Was the flattening done before or after edge jointing and glue up?

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 07-01-2015 09:28 PM

Panel is shown right after it came out of the clamps. Edge jointing with a plane right before they were glued up.

Not quite the same as Mr. Schwarz would do things…...things seem to work better for me this way…

Took maybe a quarter of an hour. Long time ago, it was tablesaw resawn pallet Oak, vs a Stanley Blue No.110 block plane. Took a bit longer back then….

Boards were resawn, edges jointed, then glued up into the panel. Then the fun can begin about a day or so after the glue up. had other things going on. Finally got around to plane work on this small table top…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 07-01-2015 10:16 PM

Nice post. I’m trying to get more into hand tools. With home construction projects lately it’s a slow curve.

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