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Turning Your Planer Into A Joiner – Safely

1 The planer is a great tool because it actually has the ability to work as two different tools. Of course, most use it for planing to a certain thickness, but you can also use it to have a smooth, square edge for putting joints together, just like a joiner.

It will come in handy if you have quite a few pieces that you are in need of trimming all of them to a certain width. In order for this to work, you need your edge to ride on the planer’s bed. When doing so, it has to be square and straight towards the face of the workpiece.

2Start out jointing this edge first so it will be flat against the bed of the planer. It all is going to depend on how many pieces you are planing, the size, and other factors to which approach is going to be best.

If you have a piece that is thick, planing the edge is similar to planing the board’s surface. Because it is so thick it makes it stable enough to run through the planer by itself. When the piece is narrow, a different method needs to be used.

This is because there isn’t enough support on each side of the board. This could cause the wood to turn over as it goes through the planer. This can be extremely dangerous, not to mention possible damage could occur to the planer and the blades.

The images are showing you the solution to this problem. Using carpet tape, add a support on both sides of your workpiece. You have to make sure the supports are flush with the bottom of your lumber.


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