Planers can do so much for you. They’re pretty high on the must-have list of standard shop tools because they are full of horse power and have a very high cutter head speed. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. From hearing protection to where you stand, there are some simple things you can do to make sure that you’re using a planer safely.
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Good information on the safety tips. I know the ad at the beginning is “necessary” but what’s NOT necessary is that it play at such a LOUD volume, that I can’t turn down. Please fix that, George. [Just like watching TV–same problem!]
I try not to send a couple narrow boards through my planer in the same location, hoping to ‘even out’ the blade wear. BUT, if I send a couple boards through, say, the far right of the planer, does that affect the flatness of the cut, since all the forces are on one end of the blade span?
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Thanks for reaching out. Our Expert, Paul, has some tips for you:
I would suggest doing what you are suggesting. It shouldn’t affect the flatness to any noticeable degree, and ultimately I believe it will be worth doing this.
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Thank you for another great teaching video. Showing how the machine works inside makes all the difference in understanding why there are do’s and don’ts.
Excellent video. Very instructive
Tom, what a great and useful vid. Full of tips for use and safety.
How the end-grain can be flatten if it can’t be done with the planner or the jointer?
They can be sent through a surface sander.
Hello. I’m argentine, mi english is bad and i’m a newbie in woodworking, in spite of all this y understood and realized everything he explained. Tom Casper is a genious.
Tom Casper is such a great teacher! His soothing, soft spoken voice is
relaxing and easy to listen to and he has a funny low key sense of
humor. Where was this guy when I was a kid in school?
How was the depth gauge added on
The gauge was already on the planer when I purchased it used. I don’t know what its origin was.
I have the same planer. Have any idea how to add one Thanks Mel
The readout says Delta on it, but I don’t see a model number. Wixey also makes digital read outs for planers. You can check it out here http://wixey.com/planer/fit/index.html
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