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Old 01-29-2012, 05:09 PM   #16
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Sorry. We get carried away sometimes and forget that people might not know of old tools and how to use them.


Basic wood planes are used to shave off thin layers of wood. A sharp (hopefully or you are sunk) chisel like blade is held at an angle in the housing. You adjust the blade to shave a layer as you push the plane forward. Planes come in different lengths with tiny ones like block planes used for trimming end grains. Some trim moldings used to be carved with specialized blades in hand planes. I've never bought one since mine were handed down a couple generations so I do not know what they cost.

You put one hand forward on the knob shown and the other holds the handle. A good plane has some weight to it, is nicely balanced, and has a nice flat and smooth bottom. Your goal is to keep the plane parallel to the surface as you move it forward. A thin layer of wood will roll up as you go. If it drags you probably have the blade set to try and cut too much of a layer at once.

Planing your door edge was recommended because you have an assumed flat edge to start and you only need to take off 1/8 inch or so. A few passes and within 10 minutes or so and you are done and as long as you keep the baseplate tight to the edge as you go? You maintain square and all. Obviously you need the door supported. You will not risk chewing the surface like you might with a saw blade.

Hope this helps? Of all the hand tools I was ever taught to use, planes fall into the most fun category I think. The guys recommending this approach are absolutely right! And you will like the experience. With your new plane, you can shave the edges of doors for others!


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Old 01-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #17
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Just looked for fun on Amazon and it looks like a decent leveling plane, perfectly suited to your purposes in shaving an edge of a door, will set you back $30 or less with a blade of whatever quality (I would hone it on a stone before fussing with it). You will use it again. A better buy long term might be found at a woodworking or tool shop. I do not go into box stores unless I have to do so, so cannot tell you what they carry.
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putting some trim around the perimeter of the door would look fine and would hide the veneer seam on the door where it meets the solid wood at the edges and top, you could use wood that is slightly wider than the door itself so to create a lip so things wont roll or slide off the desk.

using a hand plane will work but takes forever, even with a sharp iron on the plane. a power plane would do it in no time however if you have never used one its very easy to make a mess of the door

mike is very right about trying to use an oscillating tool for this task, they arent designed for this type of cut nor is a jigsaw
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hand held power plane. Four passes and it's done. Rent, buy, or borrow
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Just buy some trim and cover the mortises...cheaper than buying a plane and a smooth edge won't depend on your carpentry skils....just tack it, glue it or screw it on and be done with it.
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thanks for the advice everyone, i just went ahead and gave it a shot with the tools i had on hand, so i clamped the 2 doors together using one as a straight edge and used the jigsaw to trim off a 1/8th or so of an inch, a bit slower than a circular saw i'm sure, but straight enough for my purposes. then just smoothed it out a touch with ROS and its just what I needed. in the garage for the past day letting stain setup before I poly it.

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