So I have a situation that comes up all the time working with furniture. a beam cracks and needs to be replaced. What is holding it in place is a joint secured by a few staples. Pulling those staples out is usually a lost cause because they are long and the joint is small (the one in the picture is 1.5 inches by 1 inch with 1/2 an inch of wood left under). Any serious pulling will do too much damage to wood before you get them out.
So I cut them off with a multitool. Take a small hammer to get them deep enough that the surface is flat (ish) and use epoxy to compensate for whatever uneven surface this produces to secure a new beam in it's place.
Today I was thinking is there an actual decent way to sand this part down? I do have access to a multitool, dremel, and a few sanders. If you had to smooth it out to glue in a new beam how would you approach it?
I do have a grinder but I don't think it's a good approach here especially given how little clearance there is.