How do I hand plane 4” thick slab

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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 11-16-2018 11:11 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2018 11:11 PM

I dont have a work bench, or a way to hold this 4” thick slab while trying to plane the sides flat. I might be able to get my planer going, but wont have a way to flaten the edges.

I dont have a work bench.. i might be able to use my scissor lift, and clamp the board down to that.

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#1 posted 11-16-2018 11:38 PM

Any solid table or sawhorse set will work if the slab is heavy enough. Clamp it down on one side and work the other side, moving the clamps around as you move. Push the table against a solid wall to resist the force of planing, and if you’re clever with your clamps you can make a stop block with a 2×4.

If your scissor lift is flat and can take some clamps and give you room to maneuver, that could for sure work as well.

Wax or oil the sole of your plane. Frequently.

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#2 posted 11-17-2018 02:51 AM

Winding sticks are useful. Good call on waxing the sole.

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#3 posted 11-17-2018 03:04 AM

IF I read this right….the OP is talking about JOINTING the 4” wide edges…not the faces of the slab….

Two sawhorses. Stand the slab up on the edge of the slab…add a couple 2 xs beside the slab,,,attached to the sawhorses. Clamp the add-ons to the slab…tightly.

Use a Jointer plane, like a #6, #7, or #8….plane along the edge, going with the grain. When you can get a shaving the full length of the slab…you’re done. Then, you can use the winding stick if you want…or just a good square..

Once that edge is done to where you want it, flip the slab over ( get help!) and do the other edge….

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#4 posted 11-17-2018 04:14 AM

If you have a few wood hand screw clamps you can use them clamped down to saw horses or what ever you use to work on.

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#5 posted 11-17-2018 04:15 AM

Well guys.. thanks for the help.. my friend John who was/is in the military helped me a while back ago with how to tune these was a big help. I just got my number 7 Stanley working and shaving! Feels good! Had to file the mouth open to fit the new blades. Now I need to buy a new back handle for it if non of my others will fit. The front hole on this one is just short of the screw hole. I think it was replaced at one time. But not the right one.

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#6 posted 11-17-2018 12:10 PM

Try using a scrub plane (or set up another plane with a heavily cambered iron) to really hog away material if there’s a lot to remove.

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