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Are there any other options open to me? There is one other option that you didn't mention. You can build a "router sled" to flatten wide boards. This is basically two rails on either side of the board with a narrow platform that slides along them. A router rides on the platform, and the platform has a slot cut through it that the bit projects through to ...


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You might have better results if you use a low-angle block plane, such as a Stanley G12-060. I think all of the previous comments are also relevant, as a sharp blade is going to make a big difference. It also helps to skew the plane as much as possible and try for more of a slice (rather than a straight-on cut). Even with all of these suggestions, end grain ...


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Planing end grain is not an easy task and getting a nice result should be taken as a good indicator of sharpness, especially in softwoods. It's impossible for most beginners and very difficult for a lot of learner woodworkers to get good results planing end grain at every attempt. And it seems paradoxical but the end grain of hardwoods is generally much ...


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