Hi guys, new here and just posted an introduction. I am new to woodworking and have made a small sofa end table. I know its not great, i am just starting out. I shop for lumber at lowes and have a hard time finding good stock to pick from, and sometimes even when my cuts are accurate, i notice that the table top is not flush with one another. I know that the stock isnt uniform, i am just curious how i can make this more presentable and flat so that when i put things on it it doesnt look ghetto. I bought a Porter cable electric hand plane and took a pretty nasty gouge out of the wood at the end of the board on some scrap, is that the best way? or a good orbital sander and start with coarse sand paper and then finish? Any advice is appreciated. The plane is like 3 hours old so i can return it.
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