How to Properly Use a Bench-Top Planer at Home

Using bench-top planer efficiently is a little difficult if you don’t know the correct technique and procedure, there are a lot of things that could go wrong and make you lose a lot of wood. Well, this article will guide you in how to use your bench-top planer correctly and avoid various problems like tear-out, planer snipe, ridges, and so on.

A planer is the best way to smoothen your woodworking projects and bring them to the exact thickness, you can read some planer reviews here. There are  few things that you should take care of when using a bench-top planer:

Tip 1: Avoid any tear outs

One of the most common mistakes made by a woodworker is to feed the board to a planer with the wrong end forward which results into a tear out. The knives tend to catch the raised fiber and tears up the wood instead of just cutting it up. Make sure that you determine the end which doesn’t feel like grain and then feed it from that end to the planer.

Tip 2: Plane deck spindles

Gang feed your deck spindles as this will help in reducing the snipe from the end of your board and will really fasten up your work. So, you need to remove the saw marks from your ripped 2×2 with the help of a planer and rip your 2×2 into a 1 5/8 inch which will let you remove the saw marks while still providing you with enough surface area.

Tip 3: Restore your old wood

One of the most frequent made by woodworkers is to not clean up their old wood before reusing it. You need to be diligent about removing the nails and dirt, else you would end up damaging your planer knives. So, inspect your board for any nails or screws and carefully remove them all before reusing the wood.

Tip 4: Avoid getting ‘sniped’

A lot of boards get sniped when fed into the planer but there is a simple way to avoid this problem. You can either let an extra 5 inches length of your board go through the planer or you can put a sacrificial board both in front and at the end of the original board. This will keep your original board intact and will only snipe the sacrificial boards.

Tip 5: Clean the board edges and sand out the ridges

One of the best ways to even out the board edges is by stacking together a few pieces of board together and then sawing off their edges. This will not only make it easier to saw off the edges but will also help in providing you with equal width boards.

Another common problem faced when using a bench-top planer is that your planer knives suffer from a ridge after working for a while which results in getting it replaced with a newer version but there is another way to resolve this issue. You can sand your planer knives to remove the ridges and don’t worry, this just takes a few minutes to work effectively.

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