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  • Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

    Hi all, I am new to woodworking and just purchased a couple of live edge black walnut slabs which I will be using for our countertops.

    Are there any shops in the Mississauga area which rent time on large planers?

    I am aware of one, but it is a bit far: The Kopper Mill Inc. in Ajax, not sure how to get the slabs all the way there; only have a smaller SUV.
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    Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

    You're gonna have to transport it, if it's in Ajax or Mississauga. How were you going to do that?

    Have you thought about flattening at home with other methods? like a large router sled?

    Legacy Lumber is in mississauga
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      Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

      Thanks Scott, for the transport, I was thinking of renting a truck so lower mileage would be preferable.

      I'm just starting out so don't have much in the way of tools or a work shop yet. Using a large planer seemed like the the easiest and most convenient way of doing this.

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        Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

        Call first to ensure they will allow you to plane something you brought in. Local shops around here won't unless you purchased the wood from them.

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          Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

          Skip a truck, and go for a trailer.
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            Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

            I would go for a router and sled. Good excuse to get a router and the experience will be worthwhile.
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              Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

              The amount it cost me for new blades I am always skeptic when somebody asks me to plane something. Who knows what is in that wood and at least if it's my fault I can be ok with taking the blame.
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                Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                I think exotic woods in Oakville might surface a large slab that is new wood for a fee.

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                  Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                  I would look for a shop with a large belt sander.
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                    Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                    You might try Century Mill in Stouffville. That is a very big hunk of lumber so you options will be limited.To get a good planed side you need a jointed side.Is one side flat enough for a planer?
                    Last edited by dwoody; 09-12-2020, 07:11 PM.
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                      Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                      Not yet. Both sides are live edge. It's currently sitting at the sawmill

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                        Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                        Do you have an "end state" defined?
                        By that I mean what size will the counters be? You could cut the slabs (keeping them oversized a bit) to a more reasonable size?

                        35" wide is kitchen island top width, not counter top width. So why not rough cut the slab to 25" wide? Same idea with the length, oversized a bit to make it more managable. Saw mill may even be able to do that for you.
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                          Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                          You said you were new and that the slabs were still at the mill. Are the slabs dry? If not they will certainly move around a fair bit. A rule of thumb for air drying is a year per inch of thickness. Kiln drying much faster of course but you should get the wood to 10-12% moisture range before working it too much (other than cutting to very rough size as Tom mentioned)

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                            Re: Renting Time on a Large Planer (pieces are 35" wide & 16' long) - GTA

                            Originally posted by Haisam10 View Post
                            Not yet. Both sides are live edge. It's currently sitting at the sawmill
                            What Dennis is referring to when he states a jointed side, is the face of the slab not the edges. One side of your slab will need to be face jointed, that is flattened true across its width and length before it can be thickness planed.

                            This will be quite the project for you to take on. Working with slabs that large is a daunting task even for an experienced woodworker. Equipment/transport issues aside there are a lot of things to consider and learn. Tom and Jim bring up good points. These all need to be factored in to your project plans.

                            Got any pictures of the slabs? Is there any pith to contend with?

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