A Wood Planer can either be power operated, or it can be manual and learning to use either of them can help to enhance the finish of the wood-work project quality. It is time saving and cost effective as wood materials don’t get spoil neither in the intermediate level, nor in the final level of the task. Here are some ingredients and ways which tell us how to use a wood planer:
- Power / Manual Wood Planer
- Dustpan & Broom to clean
- Woodworking bench
- Something to protect the eye
- Various grits of sandpaper.
1) Check Planer Readiness
The blade of the planer needs to be sharp, thoroughly cleaned and fresh and the blade should be levelled. If it is an electric planer, the battery should be charged and the electric cord should be good and needs to be plugged in a grounded outlet.
2) Organize Planer, Wood and Workbench as feasible
The planer should be held by the knobs that are at the front and at the back. The dominant hand should be at the planer’s back and the left hand should be guiding the front.
3) Choose the Board that needs to be Planed
The board should be free of dry rot, knot holes, warps and lumps, otherwise the finishing would not be flawless.
4) The Board should be secured to the Workbench
The board that would be planed that needs to be attached to a vise grip / adjustable clamps. It should be stagnant at its position. The eye protector should now be used as the Planer is ready to be used.
5) Identify the spot of the First Cut
The planer board needs to be in touch with the surface of the board and for that the planer needs to be tilted forward slightly. Now the planer needs to be moved along the board so that a wood strip is peeled off finely. Force needs to be exerted by the lower body and legs to keep the planer moving.
6) Checking the surface of the Board
Once each cut is over, check the surface of the board with hands to confirm that the surface is planed or not. This planing should be continued until optimum results are achieved.