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plane off

To grind, erode, or shave something until it has been totally removed (from something), leaving a smooth surface behind. Originally reserved for references to the carpenter's tool known as a "plane," the phrase is often applied to anything that has a smoothing or erosive force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "plane" and "off." This is just a rough cut of the timber—I still need to plane the imperfections off. The harsh weather planed off the names of those buried in the cemetery from their headstones.
See also: off, plane

plane something off

to remove bumps, nicks, or scrapes by planing. Plane the rough places off so the surface will be as smooth as possible. Sam planed off the bumps.
See also: off, plane
References in classic literature ?
As he spoke the cog rasped along the edge of the reef, and a long white curling sheet of wood was planed off from her side from waist to poop by a jutting horn of the rock.
Clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright explained: "We ran the Sprint Cup on that course, and have started the rebuild which is in its final phase from the sixfurlong pole to the winning post." Seagulls were having a fine time getting at the exposed worms with the turf removed, and Tellwright added: "The turf is being planed off, gravel banks put in to reconnect the pipe drains with the surface, and three inches of sand put on top which will be worked in and then turfed over the top."
Looking at the road base, I would think this is the first time the road surface has been planed off since Whinney Banks was first built at least 80 years ago.
Footpaths will also be made from a material based on old road surfacing which is planed off during roadworks.
In 1994, spending was up 8.9% from the year before, but growth planed off for several years until 1999, when spending increased by 9.3% from 1998.
The planed off surface can then be removed and further analyzed.
The process for making a wood board comprises the steps of: a) providing elongated pieces of wood each from a coniferous wood and each having a rectangular cross section; b) detecting an average fiber density of each of the pieces of wood; c) selecting among the pieces of wood those having an average fiber density at least equal to a predetermined fiber density; d) planing off edges of the pieces of wood selected in step c); and e) bonding side by side the pieces of wood planed off in step d) by means of their edges to form the wood board.
At Prestwick the existing runway surface was planed off and 7,800 tonnes of SMA, which incorporated both Viscocel and 14mm aggregate, were laid to achieve the desired friction coefficient.