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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?

You're correct that the planer can remove much more material at a time. With the planer, it is also simple to adjust the depth for removing more material in a pass. With the drum sander, you can ...
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Why do I need to push the plank into the thicknesser?

This isn't unusual - even for reasonably high-end industrial thicknessers costing $5k upwards. I've used a few different makes/models and this has always been an issue with wider boards. The feed ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

I'll use the US terms jointer for the top part of that machine and planer for the bottom part. Thickness planers typically have a motorized drive, meaning there's no choice about feed direction (...
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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? type of cutterhead knives: ...
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What is snipe on a thickness planer?

Snipe occurs when the leading or trailing edge of the board lifts a bit off the bed of the planer or the planer head, being supported only on one side if the cutters, drops a bit. The result is the ...
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Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin?

As wood ages it will dry out and become more rigid. Most portable thicknessers can get the wood down to approx. 1/4". Any thinner and the wood is at risk of tear out which will destroy the plank as ...
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Thicknessing and planing wide hardwood boards

Are there any other options open to me? There is one other option that you didn't mention. You can build a "router sled" to flatten wide boards. This is basically two rails on either side of the ...
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Joint all sides square?

No, you cannot. This will make the board square, but it will NOT ensure it doesn't taper. With the jointer you can only make each corner square. You can't make the opposing faces parallel with each ...
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How to plane boards to the same thickness

I work with a lot of pallet wood and frequently many of the boards will be different thickness. I could pass all boards through, lower the height, pass them all through again, lower again, and so ...
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what is a safe way to plane a cross-grain board?

For parts too wide for your planer, there are a couple different options. If you have a router, you can make a router sled, and use the router to surface the wood. I believe you will find this process ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Shopsmith (http://www.shopsmith.com/) is one that comes to mind. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html#Woodworking may have others.
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What are the sound frequencies (Hz) of common woodworking machines?

I have an audio spectrogram app on my tablet, so I took it into my workshop and made a couple of measurements, using the power tools I had setup for a project (table saw, orbital power sander, and ...
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Can you use a jointer and planer on hardwood with gnarls?

Board looks ok to me, ready to proceed to next step. I see tiny silvery flakes on the jointed surface, which I suppose were a part of the knives just moments ago Your knives may not be good quality! ...
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Is there a standard way to plane a board at an angle?

Joint one face first. Then figure out how much thinner the small side should be and tape a shim that thick to the jointed face. Run the board through the planer with the jointed/shimmed face down. ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

I have a similar euro combination machine, a Robland 310. The direction of your piece (and where you stand) will be opposite when using the joiner feature opposed to the planer feature (unless you are ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I belong to a makerspace which has a really great wood working section. My favorite tool is the laser cutter but I got tired of the look of 1/4" thick plywood and wanted to experiment with other ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

I worry that the finish will either dull the blades more than unfinished stock would or that the finish will accumulate on the knife edges, dulling them and be difficult to remove. Assuming the ...
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How to stop surface planer from scooping work piece ends

This is called snipe, or planer snipe, and is present on pretty much every planer. Some have more than others, but it's there. It has to do with the pressure the rollers exert on the workpiece as they'...
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Planing a laminated curve

It depends the exact profile of the curve (how "thick" it looks to the planer), but I would hazard that a thickness planer is not a safe option for this. Due to the irregular surface that will be ...
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What are the differences in use between a drum sander and thickness planer?

I own both. The comments made so far seem right on from my experience. The one major advantage of a drum sander is: because of the open end, it can surface a workpiece that is about twice as wide as ...
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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? That depends on the jointer, and to some degree on the depth of cut. With respect to length, you want ...
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My new 13" planer

Sharpening the Blade I have a similar table top planer (Delta). The blades are reversible so I use them for a year or until I otherwise notice significant degradation in the surface smoothness. ...
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Can barn wood planks be planed and how thin?

Can barn wood planks be thinned or will it just fall apart...or get messed up? Depends on the wood. All wood varies and "barn wood" is by no means a single thing — not a single species, not one age,...
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How to fix fix/repair a board that has minor planer snipe?

It's funny that all of the answers have talked about how to prevent snipe, but nothing actually addressed your question of how to fix the board now. I would glue "rails" onto both edges of your ...
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Why do I need to push the plank into the thicknesser?

I'm a bit late to this party, but have been experiencing a similar issue with my jointer/planer combo machine. I watched the video and it looks like he's making very shallow cuts. Shallow cuts won't ...
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Do the springs pushing at a jointer knife do anything useful when the jointer is running?

Do the springs pushing at a jointer knife do anything useful when the jointer is running? It would appear not, as according to many things I've seen and read it's not uncommon for jointers to either ...
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Advantages of Helical cutterhead for a non-professional planer

Well, I can say that they do work well. My dad bought A helical planer and most of the time you don't have to do any sanding when it's done. The physics I believe actually has more to do with the ...
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Advantages of Helical cutterhead for a non-professional planer

Helical blades are better by some measures than straight blades. Whether the difference is enough to justify a retrofit on a planer like the DW735 depends on what you're doing with the machine. The ...
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