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Machine to make the faces of a board or panel parallel, flat and to the desired thickness.

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When should I use a Jointer vs. a Planer?

I am fairly new to woodworking and just starting to outfit my shop with power tools. One area that I find confusing is the use case for a jointer vs. a planer. Both tools seem to have very similar ...
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What is a planer sled and how do you use it?

In What are the jointer-specific steps for removing warp in lumber? a planer sled is suggested for milling twisted lumber rather than a jointer. What is a planer sled, and how is it used for removing ...
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What is the minimum length I can thickness plane?

The thickness planers I've seen have a cutter head between two rollers. The rollers grab the stock and feed it past the cutter head, counteracting the force applied by the blades. If the rollers do ...
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How can I minimize snipe while thickness planing?

I usually notice a small amount of snipe on the ends of the boards I run through my thickness planer. It's not too deep, (<1/32" maybe?), and doesn't cover too much of the board length (<4" on ...
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What's a good way to cut a board parallel to its face?

I have some thick boards that I'd like to make thinner. Generally I would thickness plane the board, but in this case I'd like to reduce the thickness of the board by about half (e.g. from 2" thick ...
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Passing wood through a planer on both sides?

Yesterday I jointed, planed, and biscuit cut some boards and am planning on gluing today. I inserted the biscuits and my boards and they seem to be uneven, I made sure the boards were flat on the ...
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Can I run pressure treated deck boards through thickness planer?

I inherited a deck with my new house. I'm thinking about resurfacing the deck because the boards are badly discoloured, although they appear to be structurally sound. I'm trying to convince myself ...
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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?

What is the big differences between a drum sander and a thickness planer? The only thing I know is that the drum sander does not remove much material, but can do more area at a time. But the planer ...
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Can I repair this bent part in my thickness planer?

I've just discovered a bent part in my thickness planer and I'm wondering if it's repairable. The part is the slightly orange part, between the blades and the in-feed roller: As well as having a ...
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How to plane boards to the same thickness

What is the best way to plane boards to the same thickness? I was recently using and researching a bit into bench-top planers like: https://www.ryobitools.com/products/details/13-surface-planer-with-...
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Milling wide lumber to square

I recently obtained some old (50 to 75 years old) rough sawn hardwood structural framing members 2x8 and 2x10 by various lengths. The wood is well acclimated to my shop but has some warping which ...
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Tips for planing huge panels of joined wood

Somewhat akin to the purpose behind this question (Recommendation for manual planing and sanding), I am seeking advice from some experts that would help a hobbyist such as myself trying to manufacture ...
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What is snipe on a thickness planer?

I heard of something with snipe on a thickness planer. Is this something that they all will do? Is there a way to adjust the planer to keep that from happening? What techniques can be used to stop ...
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Thicknesser is not cutting properly anymore

I've got a helical cutter head thicknesser, and just decided that it was time to rotate the blades. I followed the instructions (given the below outcome, probably not 100%), and rotated all of the ...
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Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin?

Reclaimed barn wood planks - about 100 years old. Heat treated and planed/sanded to 3/4" thickness, by lumber mill. Each 4.5 foot X 6 inch plank weighs on average 5 lbs (and there are 99 of them). ...
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What to look for when buying a thickness planer

When purchasing a thickness planer, what are some features that are essential? Some nice-to-haves? Anything that is just fluff, especially for a beginner woodworker? I see specs indicating the number ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA? [closed]

Where a tool (or any product) is manufactured can be a bit broad, so hopefully this isn't off-topic, but are any of the big woodshop tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, etc) made in the US? Let's not ...
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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

I have some 600x1200mm (24"x47") hardwood (iroko) boards at just over 27mm (>1") thick that used to be old work tops from a school. I would like to clean them and use them for a kitchen worktop as it'...
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what is a safe way to plane a cross-grain board?

I know that your not supposed to cut cross grain when it comes to planing the wood. But when I am in such a spot what is a good way to do this? The easiest would be to take shallow cuts, as told in a ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

From time to time I get hold of a piece of a salvaged wood stock that has been previously finished. If it is a good species, I would like to reuse it, but have always been concerned about removing ...
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Proper operation of a thickness planer and the “do not's” of planing

So during a current project of mine I ran into the issue of needing to plane down a good portion of a wooden piece (about a 1/16th - 1/8th). Now the key issue with this piece was the size and the ...
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Does a thickness planer's platen need to be absolutely flat?

I just bought my first thickness planer, a DeWalt DW735. I received it today and, after I'd broken down and disposed of all the packaging, I noticed what looks like curvature in the mirrored surface ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I have recently been using a table saw to rip cheap 2 X 4 pine for projects. However, it takes a long time to sand these down to a nice finish, and trying to keep them square is difficult. I'm ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

In Europe & the UK a planer / thicknesser is a combination machine which does the jobs of a jointer and a planer (In US terms) I've used two kinds of these machines but am unsure whether the feed ...
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Joint all sides square?

Can you use a jointer, using the fence, to plane all four sides of a wood piece, into four, plane, square and parallel to each other? I mean each side square to the adjacent and all sides parallel to ...
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Jointer safety, is there a minimum length and thickness?

What is the minimum length and thickness of a piece of wood to be used on the jointer?
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Planing a laminated curve

Preface, I have not worked with a planer before. I have a curved piece of wood which was created by laminating three 1/4" oak boards over a form. The curve looks good but I would like to clean up ...
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Using a Planer on wide but short stock

I want to make a chess-board style end-grain cutting board. I only have a bandsaw, a Jointer and a Planer. The first step is easy: I cut strips of two wood species and joint and plane them so they are ...
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How to fix fix/repair a board that has minor planer snipe?

I got a new planer and ran a board through it without properly leveling it first. This board now has minor planer snipe on each end. (No more than 1/8th or even 1/16th inch) I've since properly ...
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What are the sound frequencies (Hz) of common woodworking machines?

I am trying to improve the sound insulation in my garage shop, and I gather that Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings of different soundproofing solutions vary as function of Hz levels of sounds. I ...
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How to stop surface planer from scooping work piece ends [duplicate]

Exhibit A, Ryobi 10" surface planer purchased from a yard sale. The blades are wonderfully sharp and the surface of the planed work piece is quite smooth. No owner's manual, but I was able to find ...
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Flip-Cart for Wood Planer - Best Hardware and Construction

I built something that is essentially this: And it has beaten itself to death, almost falling apart. The original cart, like the one in picture, is 2x4 construction, uses allthread to spin on, and ...
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How can I flatten the top of a 12" natural log in place?

The logs are natural logs with uneven features since they are natural hand hewn. They were supposed to be flattened at the mill but that did not happen. I tried a 4 1/2" planner but I need to take off ...
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How to overcome plywood thickness variation when doing slot joinery

Plywood will always have some variation in thickness. So woodworkers will usually overcome that by making not only rabbets/dadoes, but also tongues. But when you're working with slotted plywood, such ...
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Prevent warping but allow planing

I'm getting ready to make a desktop by gluing up thirty 72"H x 1.5"W x .75"D boards of alternating Maple and Mahogany. I'll be gluing the boards on there faces for a final desktop that's ~6' wide and ~...
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Is there a standard way to plane a board at an angle?

In some cases I would like to put a "draft" on a board, which means to have its surfaces not be parallel, but be at some specific small angle. For example, the illustration below shows what a board ...
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My new 13" planer [closed]

I had some questions about my new planer I got as a gift. 1) Sharpening the blade How many times could I sharpen the blade before it becomes inaccurate. I was thinking once, maybe twice. But I a ...
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Metabo HC260 planer thicknesser blades

I have Metabo HC260 planer/thicknesser (or jointer/planer if you must) and I bought a new set of blades for it. The original blades have a little notch on the back side where an adjustment screw sits (...