Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Carpentry

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-14-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 18
Share |
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


Hi
I'm building a bartop which will be 2" thick and 24" wide and about 8' long.
I want to make it from live edge single slab cut of tree. I can get one dried and ready for working.
The only problem that slab is rough cut. I need to finish it to smooth surface.

Hot do I do it without investing much money? I was thinking about sanding it but it might be too rough for that. Probably better way would be thick-planer it first. But I have no access to such big planer. My friend has 12" planer which will not work out for me. I also can get router.

Can someone advice on this ?

Thanks

vluzhko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 100
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


How rough is the top? You could build up a tray on the sides and use it as a overarm router slide.

b_corwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
Civil Engineer
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston
Posts: 4,167
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


The lowest cost way to finish it would be with a hand plane. Not a bad idea if you are familiar with use of a plane, you keep it really sharp, and you are not too concerned with having a dead flat top.

If you don't have a plane, or don't know how to use one, take the slab to a mill and pay to have them plane it for you with a machine. Sanding is also possible, but not likely to be work out too well if you sand it yourself using a belt sander or similar. A commercial full width drum sander could do the job.
Daniel Holzman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 05:55 PM   #4
Stairguy
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: New Bedford, MA
Posts: 607
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


i would just bring it to any millworking shop. Some may not even charge but if they do it will probably not cost more than $20. A lot of the bigger planners are 24-25".
Millertyme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 06:01 PM   #5
Mod
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas (NCK)
Posts: 7,294
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


Find a custom furniture shop in your area. They will have the planer and it shouldn’t cost to much to have them run your board a couple times.
__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2010, 07:50 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: central virginia mountains
Posts: 1,857
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


Quote:
Originally Posted by kwikfishron View Post
Find a custom furniture shop in your area. They will have the planer and it shouldn’t cost to much to have them run your board a couple times.
you be mo happy this way
__________________
The older I get the better I was
tpolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2010, 11:22 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 18
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


you all were right.
I finally ended up with purchasing SAPELE board from http://www.amwoodinc.com/ (I'm in Canada, Toronto), an guy working there were so kind to plane it for me just for $10 extra fee.
Basically he cut one side of 26" board (so it fits planer), planed both sides and then jointed the cut edge.
So I end up with completely finished bartop with one live edge.
All I need is to probably light sand the top and then stain and finish.
I really did not expect such an attitude to the customer at this location.I highly recommend this place. They are doing only rough wood.

As I'm not carpenter I still need an advice how do I proceed further.
What do I need to finish sanding this board? I can get orbital sander from friend. I also have small Iron-shaped vibrating sander.
And.. I realy have no much info about SAPELE itself. I was told that it is pretty hard wood. And it looks very nice.
vluzhko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2010, 01:38 PM   #8
Mod
 
kwikfishron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Kansas (NCK)
Posts: 7,294
Default

Need advise: Planing large wood slab


Check out this forum.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/

__________________
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Especially In The DIY Chatroom
kwikfishron is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
OSB Stronger than Plywood? Weathermaker01 Flooring 15 12-22-2012 09:06 AM
Ready to paint the porch! Oil or latex? Leah Frances Painting 8 07-26-2011 07:29 PM
Wood Under Door Sill is Rotted rgmetro Building & Construction 14 11-19-2010 12:24 AM
Extending Concrete Patio Slab bobo Building & Construction 6 04-17-2008 12:17 PM
Wood to Concrete without Drilling MattStata Carpentry 1 04-19-2006 04:16 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.