Planer depth gauge

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Blog entry by hootr posted 08-03-2009 04:51 PM 2659 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Digital gauge for Woodmaster 718 Planer/Moulder/Sander

Allthough it is close I wasn’t satisfied with the “count the turns method” for setting depth.

I added a digital planer gauge from Wixey to my 718 a couple years ago.
I had to build my own bracket to install it but now Woodmaster is selling one for about $70.

It allows me to set up to within .001” accuracy and cut my change over time between operations by a bunch.

This is the list of steps I try to follow each time I set up my 718 for planing, sanding or moulding.

#1. ALWAYS unplug my machine before removing the hood!!!!

For planing:
First run the planer bed up til the knife barely touchs the bed.
Then reset the gauge to 000.
Reinstall the hood.
Measure your stock at thickest point and lower bed to that number for first pass
I try to plane in 1/16” passes or less.

Same procedure for drum sanding.

For moulding:
Put in the knife you need. Lock down the knife leaving the head loose.

I save a 2-3’ piece of every profile i have a knife for.

First install guide rails using the piece of profile.
Shift the head over the profile and raise the bed til the knife just brushes the piece then lock down the head.
Now reset the gauge to 000.
Lower the bed and remove the pattern piece.
Bring back to .000.
Install the hood.
Your ready to run a test piece of stock.

For a new knife:
Size a piece of stock 2-3’ long. Then use it to space the guide rails.
Shift the head over the stock and lock down.
Slide the stock back past the knife.
Rotate the knife to verticle and slide the stock up to it.
Raise the bed up till the knife will just clip the highest point of the profile.
Now reset the gauge to .000 .
Lower the bed and remove the stock.
Install the hood.
Raise bed to .000 .
Run your test piece.

Hope this makes sense. Critisism & comments appreciated.

-- Ron, Missouri

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 04:56 PM

Thanks Ron
One toy I haven’t invested in yet. good blog

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