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Quick Tip #3
Planer ~ lumber preparation the easy way!

The new, two-speed planers can produce flat surfaces that are so smooth that little sanding is required. One fast speed is used to quickly prepare lumber to desired thickness then the final last planing pass is done at the slower feed speed. At the slow feed speed the board actually gets many more cuts per inch of planning and that produces a super smooth surface. This is a real time saver because it minimizes the time needed for sanding!


Figured woods rarely tear out at the slow feed setting. If grain tears out, reverse the direction that the board is fed - work with the grain. If tear out continues try taking very light passes with new planer knives. Dull knives will overwork tools and produce rough surfaces. Or use the drum sander to smooth highly figured woods.

Blade Tip:
Most bench top planers have indexing pinholes in the blades for easy replacement and alignment. The blades on bench-top planers are reversible, so it is easy to flip them around when the first edge gets dull.

Material Tip:
Feed the boards so the cathedral arch grain pattern points away from the planer. This helps to prevent tear out. Work with the grain!

Specialty Tool Tip:
Use a dust collector with the appropriate accessory chute to get smoother results. Sometimes resinous chips can actually stick to out feed rollers and press indentations into the planed surface. The easy solution is to use a dust collector to remove the chips before this can occur.

Accessory Tip:
Locking heads on planers will dramatically reduce end snipe on boards. Heads that lock directly over the cutter head assembly (like the Delta 13” finishing planner) work great!

Safety Tip:
Plane boards that are flat on the width of the board. If the board is deformed, cut the work pieces into better and shorter widths and lengths. It is wise to joint the cupped or warped boards flat before planning. This is all part of the “Surface on Four Sides” technique.

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