Machinery Setup #2: How To Set Blades On Thickness Planer

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Blog entry by JordsWoodShop posted 12-10-2011 07:20 AM 3073 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this video I show you how I go about changing the blades on two different styles of thickness planers. For more woodwork related goodness check out my website at

-- Regards, Jordan Crawford,

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 04:33 PM

To days world is so funny . Anyone with a garage shop and a video camera is a woodworking rock star. A dial indicator is all anyone needs for a planer or joiner. The trick is to set the knives to the planer table not the planer body and you are a woodworking rock star. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 07:02 PM

Arthouse, I am in no way a woodworking rock star, I am just a young guy with a passion trying to document my hobby, share skills, and share things I learn along the way, If that makes me a rockstar in your mind thats fine with me.

Back on topic.
To have a board milled flat then yes all you really need to do is align your knives to your table, but if you are like me and want a properly tuned machine that will do the job for longer, then setting your knives to the cutter head is the way to go, because after all the cutter head barrel should be set perfectly with the planer table if your machine is tuned right.

Of course this subject is open to discussion but in my opinion, and thats all it is, an opinion this is the way to go about setting up the blades.

-- Regards, Jordan Crawford,

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