A face lift for an old filing cabinet part 2: planing the top

The first tool that I used was a scrub plane. This is a Western style plane and it is intended to be pushed, however, I sometimes plane by pulling it towards me, much like a Japanese plane.  Using this motion I removed the high areas on the top's bottom.

The plane I own is made by Veritas. I really like "plowing" with it. It has quite a thick blade which eliminates chatter and makes sharpening easier.

I routinely checked the progression of my work with a straightedge. Once most of the surface had been trued, I flipped the board over and planed its upper side.



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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.