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Old November 20th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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I acquired an old woodworking table that appears to be maple. It's super heavy, and has a lot of petina and character. I got this idea in my mind to make it into a Dining room table since It is 55x6-". The wife thinks it has potential, so I must not be too crazy.

Wanted to plane down the top surface to bring out the wood beauty, but not so much as to remove all the divots in the slab.

I sent out a few emails to some local places, but figured I'd throw it out here
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Contact moles.
Her hubby is THE wood man.
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That would be one hell of a planer that could fit that piece. How about using a flooring sander?
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I wanted to try to get it nice and flat (except for the divots), otherwise I'd be using a sander of sorts.
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If it were me I would use a DA sander and not spend too much time in one spot. I think its highly unlikely you'll someone who can handle up to 55" Most planers are setup for 12-18" Drum sander maybe. I've seen them go up to 36", but you still have some coverage gaps.
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You could also find someone with a large CNC router which would get it flat, and then sand off the swirls by hand. 55" is doable for CNC routers.
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If it were me I would use a DA sander and not spend too much time in one spot. I think its highly unlikely you'll someone who can handle up to 55" Most planers are setup for 12-18" Drum sander maybe. I've seen them go up to 36", but you still have some coverage gaps.
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Years ago I built a frame, attached it to a slab, and mounted my router to a sled that rode on the frame to flatten a the slab. But the intention there was to flatten a really uneven slab before finishing the planing by hand - I created a new surface instead of cleaning up an old surface like you sound like you are trying to do. But if you are interested I probably have the issue of Wood Magazine that I stole the idea out of.
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You could also find someone with a large CNC router which would get it flat, and then sand off the swirls by hand. 55" is doable for CNC routers.
good point. I'll look into that as well.

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When we have someone that needs a refinish on something wider than 36" there are 2 choices.

We have an Amish guy that has a 36" widebelt sander, he does half then turns it around and does the other half. There should be a few woodshops by you that should do a sand and finish for around $200-300 retail.

Cut the piece in half, plane it, then glue it back together. The widest planer any of our builder's wood shops have is around 36".

Edit: I know of one person up north here that has a custom 72" planer/sander, but his fees are very very high. Like charging over $1000 for a new slab like yours (including lumber), most places just charge us $1.50-2.50/bd ft for normal size pieces.

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Cut the piece in half, plane it, then glue it back together. The widest planer any of our builder's wood shops have is around 36".
This is what I was thinking.

But I think it'd look kinda weird to have a perfectly planed part, except with occasional dings and stuff in it.
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You could also find someone with a large CNC router which would get it flat, and then sand off the swirls by hand. 55" is doable for CNC routers.
I think moles has this tool.
Talk to kevin.
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I think moles has this tool.
Talk to kevin.
already PM'ed and emailed moles.

I assumed it was his wife though
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I plan to do a whole build if I follow through with it.
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But I think it'd look kinda weird to have a perfectly planed part, except with occasional dings and stuff in it.
Me too. I think I would either hand sand it and keep the character, or remove enough material to have a perfect finish.
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