Shopmade Planer Table
Low-cost, adjustable table prevents snipe
Synopsis: Benchtop thickness planers are compact workhorses that produce remarkably smooth wood surfaces. But in the process, they often create a slightly deeper cut at each end of a board—a problem known as snipe. As Andy Beasley explains, adding an adjustable table to a benchtop thickness planer can help make snipe a non-issue. Beasley’s shopmade table has four supports that give it a slight rise at each end, thereby making the snipe problem disappear.
Benchtop thickness planers are compact workhorses that produce remarkably smooth wood surfaces. But, like any thickness planer, they often create snipe—that’s the 2-in.-long (or so), slightly deeper cut at each end of a board. Granted, some newer models have made good strides at reducing the problem, but like the common cold, snipe defies eradication. Indeed, it’s rare to find a thickness planed board that’s snipe-free.
However, adding an adjustable…