Thread: hand plane v belt sander
25th Jul 2005, 09:12 AM #1
hand plane v belt sander
hand plane or belt sander...i am inviting all those who use both to state there opinion on which one they prefere to use , taking into account speed and energy involved...Can't stop watching re-runs of Macgyver on channel 11
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25th Jul 2005, 09:41 AM #2
The number of times I have touched (not taken out of the cupboard or thought of switching on) my belt sander in the last ten years is far far less than the number of hand planes I have purchased in the last ten years.
I don't use that noisy dusty destroyer - I tend to use hand planes quite a lot.- Wood Borer
25th Jul 2005, 09:45 AM #3
25th Jul 2005, 09:57 AM #4
what plane do i use for a large table top...Can't stop watching re-runs of Macgyver on channel 11
25th Jul 2005, 10:12 AM #5Originally Posted by la HuertaThose are my principles, and if you don't like them . . . well, I have others.
25th Jul 2005, 10:19 AM #6
25th Jul 2005, 10:22 AM #7Originally Posted by la Huerta
But I have and will probably still use a belt sander from time to time. Heck, I've been known to use a router in a frame to flatten large surfaces if time is critical and the timber really twisted.
If I have the time, which is most often, I do use the hand planes, though. Depending on the table top and how much wind or bow there is to take out, you might want to make a pair of winding sticks and perhaps use a scrub plane on it prior to the bench planes, though.
What's that? Do I hear Derek approaching with his scrub plane review???
25th Jul 2005, 10:53 AM #8
I have 2 electric planes, a belt sander and a number of hand planes. Their use depends on what I'm doing, to remove a large amount ot timber quickly there's nothing like an electric plane, followed by either the belt sander or hand plane depending on the situationIf it goes against the grain, it's being rubbed the wrong way!
25th Jul 2005, 11:00 AM #9
Don't even own a belt sander, and I'm not short of tools either.
25th Jul 2005, 11:06 AM #10
I use my belt sander when I need to sand something and I use a hand plane when I need to plane something."I don't practice what I preach because I'm not the kind of person I'm preaching to."
25th Jul 2005, 11:28 AM #11
I use my beltsander upside down to grind axes, mower blades and paint opening chisels.
I cant understand the concept of using a tiny router bit to flatten a board. It must take forever. If you saw how quickly a scrub plane can remove wood, it's just downright scary.Cheers,
I can cure you of your Sinistrophobia
25th Jul 2005, 11:40 AM #12
I'm feeling rather stunned, sitting here reading this post. No, not at any of you, but at myself.
On the weekend, I had a job that in the past would have immediately resulted in me picking up either a power planer, or belt sander. The reason that I am stunned is that until right now, neither of these options even vaguely crossed my mind. Instead, I had picked up my HNT Gordon Trying Plane, and did the job, easily and quickly, and it didn't occur to me that there was another way.
Far out - that transition (from relying solely on power tools to incorporating handtools into my work) was as sudden as it was seamless!"Clear, Ease Springs"
25th Jul 2005, 11:51 AM #13Originally Posted by MikeW
Excuse my ignorance, but what are winding sticks, and how are they used ??.
25th Jul 2005, 12:00 PM #14
When it ain't all wood .. out with the belt sander
I use the belt sander when the risk of hitting something metal exists. As LineLefty says, they are a nice sharpening tool.
Power plane to remove rubbish (The solid blades with brazed on carbide still don't cope with nails
Belt sander to remove the old paint (after assessing the lead problem as not)
Hand Plane to finish ... sometimes the belt sander with a fine beltcheers
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they’ll never sit in. (Greek proverb)
25th Jul 2005, 12:34 PM #15Originally Posted by Robert34
This link explains the winding stick concept, despite the crappy graphics:
BTW, I don't have a belt sander, and am not aware of any desire for one.Those are my principles, and if you don't like them . . . well, I have others.
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