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    thicknessing figured wood

    ok how do you go about it without having major tear out? do you use the new style planer setups with the shelix heads or helical blades or get close and then sand in a wide belt sander to bypass the tearout.?
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    Sharp blades and very light cuts. Some say to wet the surface of curly maple to help the procedure, but I have never tried that. Keep the passes light and then when some tearout occurs you can sand the difference.

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    pay for widebelt time larry........a few bucks beats trashing a matched board.
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    I vote with Tod WideBelt time its cheap in the long run
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    tod got it. Widebelt here.

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    thanks guys,, looks like the score is 3 to 2.. i tried the light cut idea on the blotchy box and it wasnt good.. so ended up doing the wide belt methode actually wide drum sander and that took longer but got there. i got close witht eh cutters and left my self enough for sanding..
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    I keep a spray bottle near the planer and wet faces all the time. Sometimes just around the knots, but if the wood is figured, then I'll wet the whole face, let it sit a minute, soak up any puddling and let the planer have at it. Really works like a charm and no widebelt needed (though one is desired.). My grandfather used a rag soaked in hot water, he taught me that trick, but I found that a good soaking with room temp water does about the same. It is easier to cut wet hair than dry.
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    thanks for the input SAM

    boy we got the big guns out now better stay behind the bunkers hows the new shop doing sam..? how did alex do on his magnifacant table you helped on?
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    All is well... But as you can see, I've been too busy to read or post much on the forum. Shop is doing well, had a real nice group of guys in for the bandsaw class I had a few weeks ago, and almost have the gallery area looking more like gallery and less like a storage dump. The table is ready... Alex needs to do some more work on the base, finish-wise (like finish it!! ), he got side tracked by some old iron, but we'll be taking her in on schedule to the Texas Furniture Makers Show the end of the month, even if we have to display it on my old shop horses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Blasco View Post
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