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Learn how to avoid ugly snipe when running short boards through your planer in a brand-new episode of Fast Fix.
From time-to-time, I’m able to pull a beautiful piece of scrap out of the cutoff bin here at the Fine Woodworking shop. The pieces are usually short and often destined to become a drawer front, but how do you surface a short piece of stock in a thickness planer without snipe taking a bite out of a beautiful board?
The solution is to lengthen your board and thus absorb any potential snipe in a location that will later be cut off. Learn how it’s done in the latest episode of FineWoodworking.com’s Fast Fix video series. And be sure to visit the home of Fast Fix for even more time-saving tips and techniques.
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Tool Test: Benchtop Planers
Over the years, benchtop planers have evolved from crude job-site workhorses to tools that can fill the needs of exacting furniture makers. Nowadays, ergonomics plays a role in planer design, blade changes are far easier, innovative dust collection is incorporated, and added gadgets let you preset a depth stop. Contributing editor Roland Johnson reviews 11 benchtop models
Get the Most from Your Planer
A thickness planer is an essential shop machine to smooth and flatten boards. Learn how to use a benchtop planer at maximum capacity with tips from this comprehensive video. Roland Johnson covers safety, setup, and mechanics.
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Great tip. Will definitely use it in the future.
This is a great tip, but do you really need to glue the side strips on?
What happens if you don't glue them?
Great tip. Thanks for posting it.
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