A face lift for an old filing cabinet part 2: planing the top - Popular Woodworking Magazine
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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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