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how can i guarantee after sanding the wood will be flat? Answered

I tried making some shelves and once I screwed it together it wasn't straight since my sander left the wood uneven. how would I be able to fix this issue?

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mikeasaurusBest Answer (author)2017-02-28

Indentations from sanding are difficult to fix and usually require you to either sand the entire piece to match the indent, plane the surface to level everything, or just start again on that piece. Unless you are painting that piece I'd stay away from wood filler to fill in the indent, as it won't look visually appealing.

How did you get an uneven spot when sanding? Were you using a belt sander, a grit that was too aggressive, or were not not making wide sweeping motions when sanding?

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Mrganska (author)mikeasaurus2017-02-28

I was working on Old beaten wood from a warehouse and it has parts that were broken in and l tried to get it even Im just having a hard time finding the balance in it. Ive been thinking about a planer would you recommend any for a beginner on a budget? I was looking at the hand planer but not sure if that would work

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mikeasaurus (author)Mrganska2017-03-02

Planers are a specialty tool. Hand planers are good for surfaces that are already mostly flat and just need some high spot removal (here's an example project that uses a hand plane).

Power planers are good for larger areas and can make quick work of a very tedious and intensive task.

A fixed machine planer is probably overkill for your need, and assumes a flat edge to reference in order to get a flat top (it won't solve a helical twist).

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