In the latest fine woodworking there is an intersting article (to me) by Rob
Hare on flattening large panels whether they are glued up or the one he is
working on for the article - one big ol' wide piece o' lumber!
Anyway, he uses winding sticks to mark irregularities and a power hand
planer to remove high spots. He then progresses to a belt sander and finer
grits of sandpaper, finishing with an orbital sander or finish sander. I
have used a belt sander similar to the way he uses the hand planer but it
takes a long time.
I wonder if anyone else has done this. I am sure that it works, it is just
that it is often times hard to guage the relative difficulty of an operation
by reading about it from someone who has done it for years.
I know, I know. Learn to use a hand plane, right? I am working on that