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03-14-2019 10:41 PM

I am looking to purchase my first 1 or 2 planes. What would work best for flattening edge grain cutting boards once they are glued up? I am looking at either going with either wood river or Stanley sweetheart. Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 03-15-2019 12:46 AM

Either could work, it’s more important which models you’re looking at than the manufacturer. Kinda like establishing you need to tow 6000lbs. and are deciding between Toyota and Nissan, the models are more important. A Tundra will tow better than a Sentra and Titan will tow better than a Yaris.

What species of wood did you make the boards from and is it fairly straight grain or does it have figure?

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 12:49 AM

Primarily maple, cherry, and walnut. I am leaning more towards wood river. Any recommendations for which planes?

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 12:58 AM

I can’t speak directly with as I have no experience with Wood River but I have a few older Stanleys and a Vertias. If you’re starting from scratch a 4 or 4 1/2 should be pretty safe much bigger or smaller might be too much or too little for this project. How large are these boards going to be when glued up?

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 12:59 AM

For cutting board size flattening work my choice would be a Stanley Bailey or Bedrock No. 5 1/2. Many prefer the real Sweet Heart era (1919 – 1930) Stanley planes in either the Bedrock or Bailey patterns. My personal opinion is that the Type 11 planes from immediately prior to the Sweetheart era are a bit better. The new Woodriver and Stanley’s are nowhere near the older Stanley’s in fit, finish and general quality for the dollar.
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#5 posted 03-15-2019 01:00 AM

At most 14×20”

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#6 posted 03-15-2019 02:19 AM

My preference would be a drum sander on end grain cutting boards. I don’t use hand planes very often.. So I am no real help with your dilemma.

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 02:30 AM

I used a Craftsman Jointer hand plane and it worked great on an end grain cutting board.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 05:14 AM

Hmm if that was all I was doing I would probably get a low angle jack plane. But a 4 and or 5 would work just fine as long as its super sharp and set correctly and fine. Depending on wood it may also help to skew it while planing. I leave my 4 set fine and it works great on end grain.

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#9 posted 03-15-2019 05:15 AM

Duplicate

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#10 posted 03-15-2019 05:36 AM

I’ve used the two above with good success, but as mentioned above a drum sander
would be optimal.

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#11 posted 03-15-2019 06:10 AM

Stanley #3c,,,Millers falls No. 9….or..

Woodriver #62….

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