If you are a woodworker, either by profession or by interest, you would know that a wood planer is an indispensable equipment for obtaining accurate thickness and precise leveling on a piece of wood by removing the high spots from the surface. There are a number of other uses also of this tool, which comes in manual as well as electronic models.
There are many types, makes, and models of planers available in the market. Though many wood workers might be owning it, many people are still not completely aware of how to use wood planer machine. Therefore, if you want to do a good wood working job, it is essential for you to understand the tricks and tips of buying the right machine and also of using it efficiently.
Selecting the Right Planer. There are a huge number of kinds, brand, and sizes of planers available. The right equipment for one particular requirement may not be the correct choice for another. Some points for consideration while selecting a planer are given as under:-
- Manual or Power Operated. Based on the work load (weekly or monthly square feet of wood) you handle, you can decide whether you should go for a manual or a power operated planer.
- Table-top or Handheld. Whether you work on the item in your workplace (shop/garage) or in situ will guide you to the right type of planer.
- Your Likely Job Size. The size of the job (wood) that you will mostly handle will dictate the size of the table and hence that of the planer. You can generally take a call based on the maximum size of your job and the frequency of its arrival at your bench.
- The capacity of the Motor. It is essential to go for the optimum size of the motor so as to avoid an overkill leading to waste or an inefficient machine.
Some General Tips. In addition to the above points, the following are some general tips:-
- Check that the blades have edges of good quality carbide.
- Ensure that the blades rotate at adequate speed to attain a clean slice.
- It is better if the cutter-head and feeder system are linked.
- Check for the maximum thickness of wood that thee planer will accept and also the minimum thickness that can be achieved.
Handy Tricks for Efficient Use of Planer. The following are a few handy tricks to get best results from a planer:-
- By cutting with the grain, you can avoid tear out.
- You can save time and avoid snipe at the end of the boards by feeding a group of spindles together.
- Old wood can be reclaimed by using the Flattening feature of the Planer.
- Small ridges should be ideally removed using sandpaper.
Conclusion. A carefully chosen and well-operated wood planer is a great asset to a wood worker’s set of tools. It has to be given due consideration and ample thought before buying any planer.
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