Woodworking Tools

How to Use a Wood Planer Correctly

Would you like to learn how to use a wood planer? Whether manual or electric, it will significantly improve the finish and quality of carpentry project.

This tool will save you money and time as it prevents the deterioration of wood materials. Follow the instructions here to learn how to use a wood planer correctly and safely.

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How to use a wood planer correctly

1- Security before everything

Do not connect it to the plug until you are going to start using it. It is high-power power tool that puts sharp blades into operation.

You should also wear both eye protection goggles and masks. The mast will prevent you from inhaling, through your airways, any particles of sawdust. Instead, the great power of its motor requires that you do not use electrical extensions. It always involves a risk of overvoltage. Only connect it directly to a nearby plug. Never try to adjust any of its components while the equipment is plugged in.

Once you find yourself using the planer, you should stay tuned. Be focused on what you are doing. Free yourself from any kind of external concern or distraction. In addition, your work area must be well ventilated and illuminated.

2- Check that the planer is ready to work

Check the planer blade to make sure it’s sharp. Clean it completely after any use. Use chamois to clean the blade. If you do not want to clean the blade, replace it with a new one. Thus, it will avoid any rough cut in wood.

3- Put on correctly

Hold the planer tightly, but comfortable for you, by its both grip handles. Are you a right-handed person? Configure your worktable and planer accordingly. Keep the right hand on the back of tool and left hand to guide the tool. Configure the tool and worktable reverse, if you are left-handed.

4- Stick the wood with worktable

Use variable clamp or a clamping screw to fasten the wood with worktable. Do not let move the piece of wood in any way. A well insured wood will have a good brushing at the end. It also avoids injuries to you and other people who are close to the work area.

5- Choose a good starting point to start cutting

Lean the planer slightly forward to get the blade connected with the surface of the wood. Push the tool firmly (with your wrist and forearm straight) to move it. Use the lower body to apply force to move the tool.

6- Check the surface of the wood after every cut

After every cut, move your hand over the surface of the wood. It will examine visually that you have brushed in the angle you wanted. Continue brushing until you achieve the contours and texture of the desired surface.

7- Maintenance and cleaning of the wood planer

Special emphasis requires the maintenance of wood planers. Do it in terms of the thorough process of aspiration of all sawdust particles. Do the relevant lubrication that guarantees the prolongation of the useful life. Make sure the exact care of the investment you have made.