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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    Another way to do this is to cut the boards in half, or in thirds. Run one side over jointer to get it flat, then go through planer to get uniform thickness, then glue back together. This has several advantages.
    1. you can use smaller machines which are more plentiful.
    2. You will probably waste less wood because getting a 7" - 12" board flat is typically easier then getting a +20" board flat. All depends on how much twist and cupping you have, but smaller widths tend to require less planning to get them flat.

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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Another way to do this is to cut the boards in half, or in thirds. Run one side over jointer to get it flat, then go through planer to get uniform thickness, then glue back together. This has several advantages.
    1. you can use smaller machines which are more plentiful.
    2. You will probably waste less wood because getting a 7" - 12" board flat is typically easier then getting a +20" board flat. All depends on how much twist and cupping you have, but smaller widths tend to require less planning to get them flat.


    Or, there is the old hand plane method!

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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    Hand planning is the most accessible option here. If you don't have a couple it could get expensive. If you were in Raleigh I would offer to help but maybe you can find someone local that doesn't mind. Flattening stock by hand takes work but less time than you would think.

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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottMaurer View Post
    Hand planning is the most accessible option here. If you don't have a couple it could get expensive. If you were in Raleigh I would offer to help but maybe you can find someone local that doesn't mind. Flattening stock by hand takes work but less time than you would think.

    Agreed! Another good thing is you don't handle the workpiece, just the hand tools!

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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    I'm on the other side of Bragg from you and could work them down with hand planes for you if you're still looking.

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    Re: Anyone have a planer and willing to help me out?

    The current issue of WOOD magazine features an article on building a router jig to flatten slabs. Instead of the conveyor belt brushes, you could use door sweeps (brush types.)

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