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Forum topic by wilschroter posted 09-21-2020 03:21 PM 275 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2020 03:21 PM

I have this really nice outdoor dining table that got turned into a makeshift scaffold during my deck remodel. The planks have dust/dirt pretty embedded (long past wiping off).

As a lazy guy, if I were to try to run them through a planer vs. sanding them, just to get a very even 1/16” of an inch off the top, any reason this might fail me? I’m guessing the wood is some sort of IPE but not 100% sure.

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 03:41 PM

I would make sure the blades cut below any possible embedded rocks and grit
that could dull or nick the blades. and, visually inspect the surface to be planed very closely.
other than that, I would do it.


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#2 posted 09-21-2020 03:42 PM

@john smith thanks as always for your help. I’ve never really paid much attention to sanding vs. planing in a case like this – any sense for whether one approach other the other will do a better job of prepping the grain for another round of oil?

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 03:51 PM

You’ll have planer marks if you put it through a planer. Removed by hand planing or sanding.

I would be inclined to try scraping, then a light sanding. An excuse to invest in a cabinet scraper like a Stanley #80 or some fancy variant.

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 06:34 PM

Do you have a power washer. I wouldn’t put anything that been used it that manner through my machines.
Theres going to be lots of dirt in the wood.

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 06:44 PM

+1 with Aj

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 06:50 PM

If there is dirt and grit embedded, you will trash planer blades no matter how deep you cut. An osb cover sheet would have been a cheap investment. +1 power wash, scrape, then sand.

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 06:53 PM

looks like ipe which is very hard.if there are no deep scratches or pits id just sand the top and apply some good exterior oil looks to mostly be dirt build up.

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 08:42 PM

You could get planer snipe near the ends which would be very hard to sand out. I would just sand it, it really doesn’t look that bad. Distressed is still popular.

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