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Blog entry by JSB posted 604 days ago 881 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought my Dewalt 735 planer a few days ago and finally had a chance to make some sawdust with it today. I salvaged some poplar from a few cabinet face frames during a kitchen remodel and thought they would be great to experiment with. One side of each piece had what looked to be a polyurethane finish. After cutting out all the nails, dowel holes, and staples I was left with about 3 board feet. I setup the planer for the first time and started running them through. Absolutely amazed at the finished surface this planer leaves. Ripped them down to size and glued them up for my first cutting board. Im leaving them in the clamps over night and cant wait to plane it down tomorrow. When its all said and done the cutting board will be about 10×16 x 1.5. I cant believe I put off buying this thing until now. Not only is it cool doing a project I never would have done before but also feels great being able to give new life to wood I would have otherwise thrown away. Having a planer creates so many new possibilities :)

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com



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Grandpa

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#1 posted 604 days ago

Isn’t it fun!!

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Gpops

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#2 posted 604 days ago

Sure makes lots of sawdust doesn’t it? Make yourself a sled to plane boards even thinner. Buy a extra set of blades now so you will have them when you need them. Have fun

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 604 days ago

Keep extra blades on hand. A lot of fun and lots of sawdust.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Bogeyguy

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#4 posted 604 days ago

Before planing the glued up stock make sure to scrape all the excess glue that may have oozed out from the clamping operation. Save those planer blades.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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workerinwood

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#5 posted 602 days ago

Planers are great, enjoy. Work safely, do not run cutting boards made of end grain or checkered pattern thru the planer it will chew them up and spit them out and could cause bodily harm.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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