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Forum topic by wilschroter posted 09-21-2020 11:04 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2020 11:04 PM

First off, thanks for all the great feedback on my earlier question as to what I could do with my destroyed table top.

Here’s where we started – I had used the table as a scaffold for my outdoor deck project (not the coolest move):

So I took all the IPE boards off the frame, and lazy as I am, just ran them at 1/16” off (or less) on the planer -

You can see the before and after. This is a comparison to the bottom side of two of the boards that I planed first… just in case -

You can see it did a GREAT job of not only cleaning up the surface, which had tons of artifacts and residue from a previous staining that I did in place, but also gave a totally fresh surface. That said, as some folks mentioned, it did leave some lines from the planer, but those were really easy to sand out.

So the final step was to drop some oil on them and see how they turned out -

Night and day difference from the original condition, with one exception – I didn’t notice the planer roller marks on the ends until they were glossy with oil (which was wet in this picture) -

.. BUT, this took less than 2 hours to go from destroyed to refinished only both sides for a full-sized table. We’ll see how it dries over the next few days.

What do you think?

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#1 posted 09-21-2020 11:33 PM

What a difference! Looks great

The last pic is what you’ll hear talked about here as “snipe”

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 11:41 PM

Too bad about the planer snipe. I still think powerwash would have been a better look esp for a outdoor table plus you wouldn’t have planer snipe that’s going to be nearly impossible to get rid of.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 11:43 PM

I could have sanded the snipe I just didn’t notice it. I’m pretty sure I can still sand it out right?

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 11:52 PM

I plane or scrape it out by hand. Snipe tends to be deeper than it looks and trying to sand it out may result in a visible undulating area, like a poorly sanded hardwood floor. Maybe a belt sander with a sanding frame can do a good job of it but I have little faith in approaching snipe with an orbital sander. A plane or scraper is likely faster anyway imo on wood that hard.

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#5 posted 09-22-2020 12:41 AM

Looks great. That’s one thing I like about my old Delta 13” planer with the locking head. Almost no snipe, which based on the reviews at the time made me choose it over the Dewalt. Too bad they both aren’t the same company anymore.

-- Darrel

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#6 posted 09-22-2020 12:50 AM

wow – that is some follow up to a post !!
thanks for the update and you really did a great job.


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#7 posted 09-22-2020 04:09 AM

Wow, i’d be worried about the blades running ipe through lol. Turned out great though!

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#8 posted 09-24-2020 05:46 PM

Too late now, but just sanding the boards would be a better option. On the bright side you learned that you cannot just run long boards through the planer without some infeed/outfeed support

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#9 posted 09-24-2020 06:13 PM

Nice job Wil. Looks great. Most times, no one will notice the planer marks on the ends unless you point it out to them.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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