Extended Planer Table

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Project by Chris posted 04-20-2009 02:37 AM 7129 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to extend the table on my planer to help tone down some snipe. I don’t have room for a large dedicated table – I normally store the planer and pull it out as needed. So I took a 6 foot piece of 12” shelving and added a cleat to keep it from being pulled through the planer, and use this as my table. The shelf goes on the wall when not needed, taking up almost no floor space in the shop, and has worked great for me. Dusty – this is the one I was talking about.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 03:17 AM

Cool Idea!!

This also helps if you want to “cheat” the minimum thickness the planer can handle.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 03:39 AM

Great idea! I have the same planer I think.

-- Chris, South Carolina

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 04:08 AM

Nice, I’ve never tried an extra long table. Does it make a noticeable difference with the snipe? If so, then that is an easy solution…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 04:33 AM

It did for me. If you can adjust the tables on the planer itself you might not need it. I still get a little bit but try to minimize it by running the parts through so that they don’t have gaps between them – that way those ends are always supported.

-- Chris

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#5 posted 04-20-2009 04:51 AM

Great idea Chris. How do you keep the pieces from tracking off the side? You know, that little piece of metal that sticks up along the sides of the planer table? Is it a problem not having that on the shelving?

-- Jim

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#6 posted 04-20-2009 05:03 AM

The feed rollers don’t seem to want to push the parts off line. I haven’t had an issue, but I haven’t tried to run anything over 10 inches wide or so through it either. Absolutely no problem with narrower stock.

-- Chris

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#7 posted 04-20-2009 12:55 PM

Looks like a good solution.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-20-2009 05:07 PM

Nice trick, I love the cleat.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#9 posted 04-21-2009 04:02 AM

That’s just plane good

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#10 posted 04-21-2009 05:08 AM

Thanks Chris…it’s perfect ! I’m off to my local lumberyard to see if they have a damaged piece of that Melamine for sale cheap : ) I tried adjusting my tables several times with no luck getting rid of the snipe totally, but it’s nowhere near as much as my buddies’ Delta snipes his lumber !

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 03:58 AM

I have the same Dewalt planer. I am going to give this a try. I seem to have a lot of infeed snipe on small or light weight pieces. Might that be an infeed roller issue? Or is this normal on these planers? Is this a common planer problem for any size or grade of planer?

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#12 posted 01-10-2010 10:02 PM

I like it! I thing I’m going to have to try this. thanks

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#13 posted 04-15-2010 08:08 PM

I have the same planer and have battled snipe a little as well. I’ve adjusted the beat heck out of my infeed and outfeed tables. I built a huge dedicated infeed outfeed table, but it’s very difficult to get it perfectly aligned with the planer without sticking a bed through the planer itself. That said, two basic rules have minimized snipe for me pretty well:

-when beginning a pass, for short boards I tip them up a bit by lifting on the end closest to me. This seesms to tip the leading top edge down a slight bit and often avoids snipe entirely

-I simply cut my stock 2-4” long, then cut off the extra when I’m done planning.

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#14 posted 04-16-2010 10:17 PM

”-I simply cut my stock 2-4” long, then cut off the extra when I’m done planning”
Hi Will, sounds like you don’t work with exotics or highly figured woods or maybe you’re just independently wealthy : ) I hope it’s the latter ! Have a great weekend , Will : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 04-16-2010 10:26 PM

Neat idea.

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