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Offline Macmann

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Planing a large modern table down.
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:33 PM »
I’m building a dining room table.  Using 6 pieces of 4x8 to get the size I need. Would the festool planet work fine or a manual long planet recommended?

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Offline JonSchuck

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Re: Planing a large modern table down.
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2018, 09:44 PM »
You could try Uranus.   [big grin]

Seriously now, no.  I don't have the 850 but from what I've seen and read it is not nearly big enough.  I would need an 8 inch jointer and a 12 inch planer to get that done but there are better woodworkers than me that could probably get it done with less.

Who will be in charge of moving around a table that is almost 4 inches thick?

Offline RussellS

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Re: Planing a large modern table down.
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 12:51 PM »
Assuming you use a jointer and planer to get the pieces in condition.  Then use Domino or biscuits to join the pieces into a flat/flattish top.  From there a #4 smoothing plane or maybe a #5 jack plane would do fine to smooth, flatten the top.  No need for a #7 or #8 jointer plane.  Assuming the top will be flat to start with.  Manual planes will be to just smooth and perfect the top.  I would never use a electric plane for such work.

Offline sylthecru

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Re: Planing a large modern table down.
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2018, 12:20 PM »
A number 7 and number 5 can do wonders!
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Offline ear3

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Re: Planing a large modern table down.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2018, 01:56 PM »
It depends on the starting condition of the timber you're working with.  If the pieces you are starting with are reasonably straight, flat and evenly equally dimensioned, then you should be able to just glue them up and work the top by hand to get the thing flat.  If you have access to a domino even better as this will allow you to get an even reference side.   

It's when the timber is wacky that you run into problems.  A lot can be done with a hand plane given the time and energy, but the one thing that's difficult to master is planing a board by hand, or even with an electric plane, to an even thickness (as opposed to just getting one face jointed flat).  And if your wood is twisted, or was milled poorly, you will also run into the issue of squaring the sides. 

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