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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 08-27-2009 03:28 AM 995 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this off someone on Craigslist for $90:

Ryobi AP1301

I know it’s not the best piece of equipment out there, but for $90 on a limited budget I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve read it snipes, but I hope to minimize that a bit by getting some decent rollers for infeed/outfeed.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 03:34 AM

Hey Jimi
Looks like a good find. We all start with what we can afford and as time goes on we trade up to bigger and better tools. I hope this planner does the job for you.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 03:40 AM


first item of upgrade (if you don’t have it already) – a good pair of ear muffs! ;) these machines are LOUD, and you have to be so close to the motor to operate them that its even louder.

play around with it – learn to recognize what causes the snipe, and how to counteract it to either minimize or completely eliminate it (if possible). this will be one of your best tools in no time as you’ll be able to utilize any piece of wood you come upon! awesome stuff!

as a side note – I wouldn’t be too obsessive about the smoothness of the cut – you can ALWAYS smooth the boards with a handplane for glueups (I do).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 03:45 AM

good score, just remember the planer is only for roughing out,the handplane will really give you the surface that you want.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 04:18 AM

@PurpLev: I have ear plugs, been using them for the miter saw/router.

As for the snipe: I’ve read you should cut off a few inches of each board anyway due to splitting over time caused by the drying stress, so if it does snipe a little I’m not worried about it, I’ll just be sure not to plane anything I’ve already cross cut.

I am actively looking for hand planes. I dug around in my tool box and found one I’d bought at Lowes a few years back to flatten out the bottom of a door (Stanley, says SB#4 on it). I don’t know if it’s just a cheap model, or if it’s dull, or both, but I was practicing planing a board the other night and it seemed to do nothing but gouge the surface of the board (a piece of white oak) no matter how shallow the cut was. I’m looking to try the scary sharp method and will try to sharpen the plane’s blade to see if that helps, otherwise I’ll start looking for other, better planes.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 04:28 AM

i have had cheap planers over the years ,
and have found that if i lift the board as it enters the rollers bring it down
in the right place , and lift them as they come out , it helps with the snipe .
if you are doing lots , add a couple of inches for trimming later .
for 90 bucks , you got a deal !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 08:16 AM

For $90, you can’t pass that up. I’ve got snipe on my $400 Delta. The way I deal with it is add 3” to each end of the piece I need to plane, or better yet, plane a long board and cut a bunch of parts out of it. Regardless, this will pay for itself very quickly by buying rough lumber and dimensioning it yourself.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 12:07 AM

A great deal for $90 bucks.

Good luck with it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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