Smoothing QSWO

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster posted 06-24-2017 01:44 PM 787 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View TheWoodenOyster's profile


1335 posts in 2780 days

06-24-2017 01:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: qswo

Hey guys,

I am gluing up my first Quartersawn White Oak tabletop. I am orienting the boards and trying to read the grain direction. But I guess this quartersawn wood doesn’t really have much of a grain direction? Which brings me to the real question – what is the best way to smooth this stuff? I took a pretty sharp handplane to an offcut piece and it and didn’t work too well. Seems like this stuff just tears up pretty bad. Any tips? Should I just sand it?

P.S. Don’t tell me my handplane isn’t sharp. It is. And yes it is actually sharp…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

10 replies so far

View Andre's profile (online now)


3692 posts in 2651 days

#1 posted 06-24-2017 01:56 PM

I have had the best luck with high angle # 4 Smoother then final finish with scrapper. This when you need stupid sharp!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

View ArtMann's profile


1480 posts in 1661 days

#2 posted 06-24-2017 04:08 PM

Am I correct in assuming you are only interested in human powered tools?

View DocSavage45's profile


9017 posts in 3688 days

#3 posted 06-24-2017 07:05 PM

My first thought was cabinet scraper?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View TheWoodenOyster's profile


1335 posts in 2780 days

#4 posted 06-24-2017 09:13 PM

I am open to sanding or planing. I have the tools for both and am willing to do either. I usually plane if the wood will do it because I like it more and it isn’t such a mess. My smoother is a No. 4 regular angle. I don’t have a high angle, unfortunately. This is a breakfast table top – 30”x42”, so sanding wouldn’t be the worst. I’ve got scrapers too, but that seems like a lot of scraping…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

5302 posts in 4805 days

#5 posted 06-24-2017 10:11 PM

I recently had some ribbon white oak that ABSOLUTE would not plane. Took it to the local cab shop to run through the wide belt. Job done.
That stuff was tough.

-- [email protected]

View TheWoodenOyster's profile


1335 posts in 2780 days

#6 posted 06-24-2017 10:39 PM

Yep. I think I’m just gonna sand it. I try to plane as much as I can, but I don’t think it is going to happen with this stuff. It is hard as a rock with flecking all over it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

View Ocelot's profile


2578 posts in 3483 days

#7 posted 06-25-2017 02:02 AM

I’ve never planed qswo.
If you want to try higher angle, you can put a back bevel on a plane iron. I don’t know what angle you need, but bench planes usually bed at 45 degrees. A 10 degree back bevel brings it to 55, for example.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

View sawdustdad's profile


379 posts in 1730 days

#8 posted 06-25-2017 02:22 AM

time to break out the random orbital…

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

View chrisstef's profile


18100 posts in 3851 days

#9 posted 06-25-2017 12:34 PM

A back bevel on your plane iron will help. Ive got a piece of curly qswo that was absolutely chewed up on my jointer and planer but a back beveled #4 has been working much better than my corded tools.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

View ArtMann's profile


1480 posts in 1661 days

#10 posted 06-25-2017 03:16 PM

I get my large glue-ups flattened and sanded on a giant wide belt sander at a millwork shop. They can do 60 inches wide. You might get a better result faster using a service like that.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics