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Offline Birdhunter

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Pure Fun
« on: November 15, 2019, 05:20 AM »
I’m building a large complex reception desk using 3/4” Baltic birch with 1/4” thick oak edge trim. The trim is slightly wider than the plywood (by plan) and has to be pared down flush. 

I didn’t want to use a router due to possible blowout.  I tried sanding and that was too slow.

I ended up using a very sharp Lie Nielsen block plane. It’s a lovely fun feeling to see paper thin shavings boil out of that plane. I can get close enough with the plane that a quick sanding with 180 grit finishes the job.

I also bought a bunch of edge clamps from Rockler that have made the trim job far easier. The clamps act like a large clothes pin with a rubber band stretched between the jaws. They work far faster than the blue tape method I was using.

 
Birdhunter

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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Pure Fun
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2019, 09:43 AM »
I also bought a bunch of edge clamps from Rockler that have made the trim job far easier. The clamps act like a large clothes pin with a rubber band stretched between the jaws. They work far faster than the blue tape method I was using.

@Birdhunter  If you need more of those edge banding clamps, here's a way to get more cheap.

Hope this helps!

Mike A.

Offline gunnyr

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Re: Pure Fun
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2019, 03:41 PM »
I recently started carrying a block plane in my tool bag.  It is indeed VERY satisfying to see those wispy thin shavings curl out of the plane!
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Offline Rob Z

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Re: Pure Fun
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 03:06 AM »
Birdhunter

I am working on refining hand tool skills as often as possible, and continue to be amazed at the results  with something like a basic block plane. I use the LN low angle block plane in the same way you are and it's possible to trim the edging so flush that there is just a "fuzz" taken off the surface of the plywood. As you say, just a quick pass with a sander or sanding block finishes the job.


Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Pure Fun
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 11:03 AM »
I had to learn how to sharpen plane irons and chisels before hand tool became truly enjoyable.
Birdhunter