FAQ: best wood planer

No! It’s tiresome that so much confusion is introduced by the awkward and conflicting terminology used. A planer/thicknesser is a dual-purpose piece of kit which rolls the function of a jointer – also known as a planer – with a thicknesser. The thickness planer, on the other hand, performs the single role of thicknessing your stock.

A jointer makes one face of twisted or bowed materials flat. It can also square the faces up. A jointer does not thickness your workpiece.

If you are a keen woodworker and require both a jointer/planer and a thicknesser, it makes good sense to invest in a unit that will serve double duty.

If you’re looking to create trim molding, picture frames or antique molding, a planer/molder can work well. If not, you’ll just be wasting your money.

Yes, yes and yes! Planers kick out large volumes of wood chips. Making sure these are safely sucked away is a fundamental part of workshop safety.

Snipe is when your planer cuts too deeply. It usually happens at the infeed end when the cut is too deep before returning to the desired depth after a few inches. This occurs when the wood moves toward the cutter head. Control snipe by keeping the stock firmly on the bed of the planer, particularly at the beginning and end of proceedings

Fortunately, yes it is. Open the screws and slip out the old blade. Clean the exposed area thoroughly. Replace the blade being extremely careful not to cut yourself. Check it’s secured tightly and replace the screws. Practice on some waste material until no snipe occurs.

This is usually indicative of one of the knives protruding further out of the head than the others. Measure the distance between the ridges and compare with the distance if the knives were working properly.

This occurs through feed speed being too high, the bed plate of the planer not being flat or when the knives are too dull.

This happens with woods that have a sizeable difference in density within a growth ring. The knife of your planer pushes the latewood into the earlywood rather than simply cutting the fibers. The solution is to use sharper knives and to make smaller cuts.

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