Quality woodworking requires stock that’s been milled flat, smooth, and of a consistent thickness. Your planer is essential to that process. Its job is to work in tandem with the jointer: The jointer surfaces one face flat; the planer creates an opposite face smooth and parallel to it. Here are some tips on how to use your planer effectively to eliminate tearout and minimize snipe, along with advice on planing narrow or short stock and stock that’s too wide for your jointer.
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