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Old 11-18-2009, 11:01 PM
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Default Surface Prep Shootout - Planing vs. Sanding

Fine Wood working recently held a competition for surface prep between hand planing and power sanding.
It's pretty long but interesting if you have some time.

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Fine Wood working recently held a competition for surface prep between hand planing and power sanding.
It's pretty long but interesting if you have some time.

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What is the executive summary?
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:55 AM
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Default Re: Surface Prep Shootout - Planing vs. Sanding

I guess I'll be setting some $ aside for some planes.
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What is the executive summary?
The planes won (sharpening included).
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:15 AM
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Default Re: Surface Prep Shootout - Planing vs. Sanding

I haven't read the shootout, but I can say from the little I know about it, and hand planes kick butt over sanders. a sharp blade makes quick work of smoothing wood. Even if You were to go over the surface quite quickly with a plane, then just finish up with a sander, You'd still be ahead in time and sandpaper.
Wood smoothed with a hand plane will show much better grain and colour
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:56 PM
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Default Re: Surface Prep Shootout - Planing vs. Sanding

However, I am working with Curly Maple right now. I think I will stick with sandpaper till I switch materials.
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Seems like a logical outcome, given that any cut edge or surface will always be sharper and cleaner than a torn or abraded one.

And a scraped surface would be somewhere in between, no?
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:49 PM
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I'm with Charles, I've never had any tear out with my ROS

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