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273579 Kirk Eppler 2021‑05‑04 Re: flattening a large slab
On Mon, May 3, 2021 at 7:41 PM Andrew Heybey  wrote:

> We recently redid our kitchen.  There is a small island in the kitchen,
> the top of which is about 3’ x 3’.  A friend gave us a large slab of beech
> to use as the top of the island.  The slab is is about 36” by 45” by 3-3.5”
> (it tapers from one end to the other).  It is also bowed by about 1/2”
> across the narrow dimension.
> Wow, for being on the list since 1997, you have not succumbed to the too
many tool choices that some of us have.  But seriously, moving up to a
bigger plane may help.

What little slab work I have done has greatly benefited from using a 5 or
5-1/2 diagonally, alternating diagonals. I’ve used my winding sticks and a
longer straightedge to figure out the highpoints, remove them, and repeats.
 ( I have a friend who built a router device for this, kills me to see his
FB feed). The extra mass if the -1/2 is a nice touch.  A big wooden plane
could be used as well.

Kirk in Half Moon Bay, CA, who was again without Internet for 8 hours
yesterday, and only calls and texts on the cell phone, like some 3rd world
country, again.

Sent from my iPad, apologies for the Auto Correct errors. Kirk

Recent Bios FAQ