Another important tool a wood craftsman would never find himself without, is a planer. So, this article explains the working of a wood planer and also throws light on the various woodworking applications for which it can be used. Crappy hand tools are bad – as a friend and I found out while taking part of the Fine Furniture making course at Rosewood Studios in Almonte, Ontario. In a nutshell, while the Makita 1806B Planer is expensive, it’s worth every penny.
The hex key for changing the blades is securely and conveniently stored in the key depot on the planer. If it’s a mobile planer with a universal motor, then a smaller work area is called for. While they may have limited usefulness inside a well-equipped shop, they do have the extraordinary ability to take a number of woodworking chores out of a shop’s confines and do them very well on-site.
An electric planer will give you the production capacity to put a smooth and even finish on any wood surface quickly. The lumber supplier up the street for me sells all his stuff rough planed already so its even simpler to plane it accuratly yourself (although his prices reflect the included machining). This machine is best used for large projects and medium-sized woodworking workshops. When delivered the box looked like it was through a war and the planer and parts were rattling around inside the box, and there was no manual (its available on the internet).
So whether you’re building a table and need consistently smooth boards, or if you’re installing a hardwood handrail that will be finished after installation, Toolbarn has a large planer for your shop or a portable planer for field work. The PHO 1500 electric planer from Bosch gives you flat and cleanly planed wooden surfaces. Although the chips that a planer makes are less likely to work their way into your respiratory system, there is still a health danger if you don’t protect yourself. Bosch tools feature easy operation and high precision, compact size and powerful performance.
A good smoothing hand plane will clean up the tool marks left behind by the spinning blades. If I were hanging a door, however, I must say I would probably use this now instead of a hand plane. It has a very short sole, either flat, concave, or convex and is used for smoothing curved surfaces such as wagon spokes or tool handles. If you’re already familiar with a jointer, you have a good handle on how to work a power planer. You don’t need any special tools or instruments to get new blades for this planer. Then you can use the now true edge to run along the jointer’s fence to plane the other side of the board so that you can plane in the correct grain direction.
I have put serious thought into this as well so for anyone out there here is what my final decision is gonna be. I agree with Marc here, planer first. Speaking of versatility, the jointer planer is the one planer that can do jointing work and planer work at the same time among all the planer types. The forum is a great place to collaborate with other Festool power tool owners. Get the most out of the tool by mastering the right way to hold and push the planer.
An electric planer is very easy to use and with the right safety equipment and protective workwear you can make sure that you get the job done safely. It’s the perfect planer for fitting wood pieces and fixing stubborn doors that get stuck on your doorways. Avoid tool vibration by installing the blades squarely in the set plate and bolting the drum plate tightly on the cutter head. However, given the growing cost of quality lumbar, recycling old wood presents itself as a cost effective solution.
With its 12 9/32” width, this planer allows for full width planing of large timbers in one pass. Also, given the glaring similarities in operation between a jointer and a planer, a lot of people tend to think that both these woodworking tools can be used for performing the same set of tasks. Plane to get the faces parallel then use a guided circular saw to put the first straight edge on the board. As far as a jointer, I would go out to an antique store or auction or ebay and buy a #7 jointer plane.
The tool shaves off inches or millimeters of wood at a time to ensure thickness and width consistency to your woodworking piece. If you want to stop worrying about splinters and chatter marks after smoothening out wood with your planer, then buy the DeWalt DW680K Planer. Its smallness is for detailing and you can’t easily create work pieces with identical dimensions using this tool.
If I was working at a leisurely pace and was retired or just doing it for the love of working with hand tools, I’d feel differently, but the guys I respect like Phil Lowe, Scott Philips, etc all agree that the power tools remove the grunt work so that they can spend more time doing the work by hand that will show. Incidentally, the size of the planer and the type of mother sometimes dictate the size of the work area.
Most lumber suppliers will put a straight edge on a board for you for free when you buy it, and if you pick through the pile for the flatest lumber you can plane to thickness without face jointing. Try all day but it just wont happen, you will go through a lot more wood trying to use a power planer first. A: The mouth is an opening in the bottom of the plane down through which the blade extends, and up through which wood shavings pass.
The bottom line here is that even when facing stiff competition in terms of performance and pricing, the Makita KP0800K Planer Kit still comes out on top because it delivers incredible cutting capacity, amazing power, and comforting ease of use. Learn the basic tools available for you from a professional remodeler in this free video. He had a combination square that turned out not to be and it was a mid-priced brand (Not a Starrett, like the school was using for instance, which is a bit pricey but an excellent tool).
And I figure trying to use the planer to joint wood will simply make me understand the tool that much better. Depending on the depth you set, the planer removes lots of wood (1/8 in. per pass) or, like a belt sander, a little (1/64 in.). Videos on YouTube can be extremely handy for helping you see what exactly can be done with each tool. As long as your rough boards are fairly straight, you can send them through the planer taking alternating light passes on each side. Once you have the top” flat, you can flip it over and run it through the planer.
The planer served me faithfully for many years, but a couple of months ago I accidentally wrecked the feeder rollers. It’s as small as any portable planer, but it’s not as mobile as the stationary, portable planer because it requires a lot of leeway and space for it to work. In other words, it’s in the running for best portable thickness planer that’s currently available. For furniture and for my wood surfboard building I will stick with manual hand planes.
Here is a link to a simple jig that fits in a planer that any budget woodworker could make in their garage. Why, here is the why: making sleds for the planer is hard, they are NEVER true, can NEVER make a twisted board truely parallel. I guess my opinion is pretty different than the consensus here because my jointer gets used on every thing I build but the planer sometimes isn’t touched. To achieve both a uniform bevel angle and a straight edge, stand where you can make long, smooth passes with the tool while keeping the fence snug against the door face.
Begin by resting the front shoe of the planer flat on the wood without letting the blade touch the work. There’s good balance with this unit because it has a low center of gravity and it planes wood to glassy smoothness. The type of planer you should purchase must be based on the type of job you want to do. If you’re dealing with small work piece sculptures in woodworking class, then you should have just as miniaturized planers on hand, like the portable planer and the handheld planer. The worlds of woodworking and construction are similar but don’t always overlap.
Since I can’t use it where I store it I am going to build a small cart for it. Dewalt has what looks like a good one: DEWALT DW7350 Planer Stand with Integrated Mobile Base, but I think I am going to build my own. Regardless, the planer is to carpentry what the chisel and hammer are to sculpting. This is a heavy duty CNC milled 8” aluminum disc with 3 HSS steel planer blades mounted on it. It really whips the bark off and is ideal for primary peeling, takes the knots off too.
Some planers, like the thickness, benchtop, and jointer planers require a lot of space to work with because the wood they’re smoothening out are themselves thick and long. For those of you who are tired of pulling a drawknife or can’t find any peelers, then this is the tool for you. However, leveling huge planks of wood with this is like painting your home with a small paint brush used for oil painting.
Find places like Rosewood, take a course from a fantastic teacher who knows hand tools thoroughly, and buy some good ones – you’ll be amazed at the things you can do and how beautiful they en up being. Versatile sharpener, sharpens drill bits, knife blades, scissors, chisels and planer blades. It’s the best planer when it comes to thickness control (even thickness planers have a 4-6 inch limit in board size when it comes to maintaining precision). Blades that aren’t mounted squarely on the cutter head cause the tool to vibrate.