It always seems in preparing to do something, I find I have to do several other related things to get to that thing I want to get done. This much the same in my search for a way to flatten some boards I have.
I am just starting out with not a lot of equipment, but have found a need to flatten some boards. It was suggested to me that I look at getting a planer as a next purchase rather than a jointer. In part this was a budgetary issue and also a space issue.
I have been using my shop vac attached to my bench table saw to control the saw dust. But with the idea of getting a planer, I knew I needed to get serious about dust collection and control, especially with my shop sharing the garage. I have been running my saw and shop vac off the existing 20 amp circuit in the garage. I decided I need to add two additional 120v 20 amp circuits to my garage. With the electrical panel within a few feet of my saw, it made the job much easier. Now I have a dedicated circuit for dust collection and one for a power tool.
I ordered a delta 50-760 dust collector, jet air filteration system and the Dewalt 735 planer with the in-feed and outfeed tables. The filteration system arrived and is installed. The planer arrived last week, as I was working, I thought I would wait for the dust collector to arrive and to set up both as the same time.
I went ahead and unboxed the planer. I had an old miter saw stand that came with my Rigid miter saw that I had broken down about a year ago. I thought I would put it together and use it as the base for the planer. Once I mounted to planer to the stand, I attached the in and outfeed tables, adjusted the tables to be level with the planer deck. The stand works nicely for the planer stand, it is a bit tall, but serviceable.
I decided to try out the planer even without the dust collector. Made a sled out of 3/4” plywood, put in my ear protection, put an oak board on the sled and lowered the planer head to touch the board, pulled the board away from the cutter heads, turned on the planer, lowered the head 1/4 a turn and pushed the sled until it was picked up by the planer roller. Out the other side, and then ran the board through twice more lowering the cutter 1/4 – 1/2 turn each time. What a nice finish! It was much smoother than I had expected. Fliipped the flattened side over and ran it through the planer without the sled. a couple more times lowering the crank 1/4 to 1/2 turn each time. I now have a board that is flat on both sides, no snipe and very smooth. It feels like magic. The Dewalt 735 on the first run through is as good as the reviews on LJ and Fine Woodworking say it is.
I then look down behind the planer and I saw saw dust everywhere. Maybe no more planing until I get my dust collection system running, then again, it was some much fun, maybe not.