It is often frustrating to order custom thickness of boards from local suppliers of wood. Although table saws can be used to decrease board thickness, then have a jointer clean the edges. But all this hassle can be avoided using a wood planer. Let’s take a look at how these work and in what ways they can be used.
Wood planers are tools used for woodworking that are used for producing even thickness in boards. Traditional wood planers used to be handheld tools, but the modern ones are equipped with a platform to enable quickness and accuracy while planing. These can be either manually controlled or electrically.
First off, the desired cut depth is set by either making adjustments to the cutter head or the platform. Then the machine is switched on. As the board is fed into the planer, the in-feed roller carries it forward while the spinning blades of the drum are seizing it. The sized board comes out of the out-feed roller, making the process of achieving a smooth and sized board, effortless.
Uses of Planers:
Using a wood thickness planer, one can convert irregular wooden pieces into leveled ones as their project requires. This allows people to purchase good quality, but uneven wood from any lumberyard, and then level the wood as well as achieve a certain thickness with the help of a planer. Planers can be helpful for projects that need two edges joined together adjacently. Anyone can do small projects like leveling a door by about 5 degrees, with a little bit of practice. This enables smooth opening and closing of the door with minimal jamming or clicking sounds; the doors have no hinges either.
The flattening feature of wood planers is put to good use when it can even be used to reclaim and revamp old wood. But if you get to talk to a woodwork purist, they will tell you the side-effects of doing this- nicked blades and lost sharpness. Nonetheless, the cost of good quality lumber is growing so fast that recycling old wood seems to be an affordable and cost-effective way to go. And if the same means are only replacing the blades that are carbide-tipped at regular intervals of time, then a lot is saved against the outgoing $30-40!
Training Required for Using a Planer:
Although a wood planer is a great tool to size and smoothen out wooden boards and pieces, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. There can be various things that can go wrong if a novice is using it. Some include tear outs, inclined planes, and snipes on the surface of the board. All this only increases the duration and cost of the project at hand. It is thus, better to know what you’re doing and practice your hand on a few useless and unused boards before moving on to actual projects that are important enough to cost if you mess up.