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The right tools for the job?

I have been having a difficult time leveling out this piece of (maple) for what I would like to craft into a 3-legged table. My wood working skills are amateur to say the least so I'm hoping for some feedback regarding the proper tools to get this piece level. So far I have used a 6 1/2 inch block plane to flatten it out the best that I can although I can imagine this is not the most efficient way to plane as it's extremely time consuming not to mention for every spot that I level I somehow manage to create a new inconsistency elsewhere.

Rather than to just take it to the sawmill and have it planed what would you all recommend for getting this piece leveled?

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A block plane is too small for that, as you've discovered. I'd be reaching for a No. 5 or 6 bench plane depending on how long the piece is. It'd need to be razor sharp to plane maple without tearout.

What else do you have for tools?

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Palm sander with a bunch of grits, does that count ? :D

Thank you for the recommendations thus far.
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A router with a planer bit would work. You would need to make some router skis or a sled that would support the router as you move it over the wood to flatten it. There are lots of plans for making the skis or sled on the internet. If you plan to do more wood working a router will be a real good tool to invest in. To do this flattening a midsize 2+ hp router would do the trick.
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What size is the piece?

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making it flat

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I have been having a difficult time leveling out this piece of (maple) for what I would like to craft into a 3-legged table. My wood working skills are amateur to say the least so I'm hoping for some feedback regarding the proper tools to get this piece level. So far I have used a 6 1/2 inch block plane to flatten it out the best that I can although I can imagine this is not the most efficient way to plane as it's extremely time consuming not to mention for every spot that I level I somehow manage to create a new inconsistency elsewhere.

Rather than to just take it to the sawmill and have it planed what would you all recommend for getting this piece leveled?

Thank you!

Since you say that your experience level is limited we have to assume your tool set is limited also. In my shop I would just run it through the drum sander but guessing you don't have one then you could try this.



Cut a piece of wood 3" x 16" and make sure one face is flat by running it on the jointer (which hopefully you have). Then attach a a 2-1/2" x 12" board on edge to the center of the opposite face that you just made flat. This will be what you hold onto to make this work. Finally attach 80 grit sandpaper to the flat face of your new tool.



Now sand at a 45 degree angle all the way across the board and then 45 degrees in the opposite direction. Finally sand in the direction of the grain of the board. Do this as many times as it takes to get it flat. Then use finer grit sandpaper to create a smoother face.


Below is a picture of the tool I would use and a tool similar to what I am suggesting you make that I bought when I was restoring a sailboat. Your homemade version will do the job at a lower cost than buying a similar version.


Hope this helps.
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28" L x 16" W
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Go find a cabinet shop or trim contractor and give them 30 bucks to run it through their planer. Finish it up with your sander.

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