The two top boards are almost 2″ wide, which is much bigger than my machinery. So, I pulled out a few hand tools and got to work. I used an old #6 Stanley hand plane with a very camabered blade, a new Lie-Nielsen #7 and even a belt sander.
I”d mostly use the Stanley #6 across the grain, taking very thick shavings to quickly remove material on the boards. Winding sticks and a straight edge check progress.
The belt sander was used on knotty areas where the hand plane was really tearing out.
The Lie-Nielsen #7 was set for thinner shavings and used diagonally and with the grain as the final passes.
Morton is a furniture designer builder working in Harvard, MA. He reviews tools for Highland Woodworking on YouTube. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter @morton, and his own YouTube channel.
Just came across this post and it’s great timing for me. My friend and I are trying to restore and old buffet we rescued from the garbage. The top is in 2 pieces and warped so it won’t lie flat. This top is not veneered but solid wood and your article makes me think I can use your technique to get the top to lie flat again!
Thanks a lot for sharing these wonderful tips. I love your post. Keep posting.