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Dark_Lightning

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10-12-2019 02:38 AM

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I’m building a big tool chest and need some parts sanded to thickness and decently flattened. I have a 12” planer and a 10” sander, but these pieces are 16-1/2” wide, and neither tool will handle them. Red Oak, 3/4” thick. I need someone close to Simi Valley, CA, who can thin and flatten this stuff out.

Thanks!

While I’m at it, I have an oak plank that is 22” wide by 8’ long that I wouldn’t mind having the same treatment done to.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer


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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 10-14-2019 02:21 AM

I bought a Whiteside CNC spoilboard surfacing bit at Woodcraft in Ventura, CA this morning to do the faces of the panels, so the tool chest is back underway. I ended up using the router sled that I built to make some cutting boards. Worked a treat! Had some light mill marks that came right out with 80 grit.

Still looking for a wide sander for that 22” X 96” plank, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 10-14-2019 09:46 AM

Keep an eye on Craigslist they come up now and again for less than what someone might charge to flatten it for you, then you have a tool you will most likely need again.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#3 posted 10-14-2019 09:36 PM

When I get lazy and/or decide a big sander is easiest/cheapest way to refine panels larger than my planer can handle; I visit one of my local wood suppliers?

Here in Phoenix, we have several places that offer shop services by hour. Here is one example:
https://www.woodworkerssource.com/custom-wood-cutting-sanding-planing-milling-at-woodworkers-source.html
Most times, I barely need minimum time and it costs me $15-$20 to use the wide belt sander on a large panel.

Another hidden source is local urban sawyers. While they prefer to sell you wood, and then mill/sand; some will sell time on large planer/sanders?

FWIW – I’ve used Bohnoff Lumber down in LA for some milling work when I worked a couple projects in area many years ago. Have no idea if still available.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#4 posted 10-15-2019 10:00 PM

You could rip them in half, run them through the planer and or sander, then glue them back up. just a thought.

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#5 posted 10-15-2019 11:25 PM


You could rip them in half, run them through the planer and or sander, then glue them back up. just a thought.

- WoodenDreams


Sad to say, the 16-1/2” is from the glue-up. The boards squirmed a little, even with biscuits. Like I say, I got them done on the router sled.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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