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.

Pottery Barn and West Elm Inspired DIY Rope Chandelier



Okay so I haven’t done a DIY post in quite some time, so I’m reeeaaaallllyyyy excited to share this with you!

I’ve yet to post about Landon’s nursery because there are a few finishing touches I need to complete! But I thought I would share one of my favorite elements of his room. I decided to go with a nautical theme for the nursery, but not overly cheesy nautical because that’s just not my thing. Nautical like….little touches of it here and there. With my vintage flair. Cause that’s more my style ;)

I found this chandelier a while ago, and I can’t even remember where…probably on Pinterest or another blog. I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect in his nautical-but-not-really-nautical nursery.

{via West Elm}

Then I came across this one…


 {via Pottery Barn}

Naturally, they were from West Elm and Pottery Barn with a price tag WAY too big for my DIY-self. Whomp won. But that was probably for the better and it inspired my latest project!

I had an old chandelier lying around that a friend picked up for me at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a whopping $10. It needed a little makeover and was the perfect size to use in baby boy’s room. I have an abundance of twine from my Etsy shop and knew that I could get a pretty close replica of the West Elm and Pottery Barn version with some help from a little hot glue.

I would give you step by step directions on how to do this, but it was actually way easier than I thought….I simply wrapped the twine around the chandelier, hot gluing where I felt it was needed as I went.





If you want to attempt to do this yourself, all you need is:

a roll of twine (I didn’t even use one full roll!)

hot glue

an old chandelier (mine was $10!)

Again…all I did was wrap the twine around and glue along the way! Seriously, easiest (yet, really time-consuming) DIY project ever. And the total cost of the project? Less than $20.

I had debated putting shades on each light but wasn’t crazy about how it looked when I tried it out. And I used a lower watt bulb, so the light isn’t as stark in the room as I thought it would be without the shades. It’s actually the perfect amount of brightness.

What do you think? Does it give the room a touch of nautical flair? I’m loving it!


Farmhouse Dining Room Table

I’ve been talking about getting rid of our dining room table for a while now. While it’s a great table, it’s simply too dark for my taste. Plus it shows every spec of dust no matter how much you clean it. I had been eyeing these farmhouse table plans from Ana White for months and finally convinced my husband that we just NEEDED to build it. And that we (he?) did.

We made some minor adjustments to the original plans. For instance, I do not need a dining table that’s 98″ long. So we measured our old table and adjusted the plans accordingly. Our table is 72″ long and roughly 42″ wide. (Hint: Home Depot cuts the wood for you!)

We also didn’t bother to use wood glue…we never do. I actually prefer the look of the wood screws in the wood. I feel it adds a rustic touch, plus it’s less time-consuming.

I painted the bottom of the table Simply White by Benjamin Moore, which is my new favorite white. I stained the top my all time favorite Minwax stain, Special Walnut #224. It’s the perfect stain to give a weathered look. I used polyacrylic on top and chose a flat finish because I felt that made the wood look even more natural.

I am SO thrilled with how it turned out! And the best part? It cost a total of $100! Now I just need some gorgeous dried hydrangeas for that galvanized bucket and some really fabulous chairs (which, as you know, I already have two of 🙂 ) More to come!

Things I Love: Reclaimed Wood Flooring

During the wrath of Irene, a friend of mine who lives close to the shore basically lost the entire bottom level of her historical home that was built in the 1800s. About 65K in damage, she was left with buckled original wood floors, moldy and rusty radiators, and a ton of electrical/plumbing/HVAC work that needs to be done. Sure, things can be replaced, but she is a lover of old world things like me and I know her heart is slightly breaking over the fact that those original wood floors are now unsalvageable.
She wants to replace the floors using reclaimed wood to try to keep the historical feel of her home. I helped her find a few great places here in CT that supply batches of reclaimed wood dating back to a similar time period. Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Which got me thinking about how much I love reclaimed wood flooring….
Some ideas…
Using old wine crates as floor boards. This might be easy to recreate as well, although I’d imagine it might take some time.
This reminds me of pallet wood. I have access to an abundance of pallets…might need to keep this in mind for our next house!
Slightly white-washed….so beautiful and also possibly easy to recreate.
A heavier white wash. This is just gorgeous.
Adding a fun pattern to reclaimed wood…adds a little modern touch.
This is heaven. I’ll say no more.
Just perfection.
Reclaimed wood flooring completely tops off the room. Plus, I feel like they are very forgiving when it comes to scratches, dents, and other unwanted scars. This is a must have for me in our next home, but in the meantime, I will be pretty excited to see how my friend’s home turns out!
Do you have reclaimed wood floors? How was the installation? Can you offer any advice to my friend? :)