Fine-tuning is the key to smooth planing
Synopsis: Despite differences in size and features, all planers operate on the same principles. If you understand those principles, you can adjust your planer properly to obtain consistently flat lumber that’s smooth as silk. The authors explain how planers are made, how to tune them up, adjust the feed roll, set the chip breaker and pressure bar and bed rolls, and how to sharpen and install the knives. They discuss how to operate the planer and handle difficulties such as knots, splits, and checks, and how to troubleshoot your planer. Side information covers adjusting a planer with a dial indicator.
There are many types of planers on the market, ranging from small hand-fed 4-in. to 6-in. models to large production machines with multiple cutterheads capable of surfacing a million feet a week. Despite differences in size and features, all planers operate on the same principles. If you understand these…