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Fast Fix: Avoid Snipe When Planing Short Boards

comments (2) August 20th, 2010 in blogs

Ed_Pirnik Ed Pirnik, Senior Web Producer
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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. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

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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posted in: blogs, planer, milling, benchtop planer, snipe, surfacing


Comments (2)

DerickM DerickM writes: This is a great tip, but do you really need to glue the side strips on?
What happens if you don't glue them?
Posted: 11:59 am on August 30th

Sailing_Bill Sailing_Bill writes: Great tip. Thanks for posting it.
Posted: 8:04 am on August 28th

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