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#1 posted 06-13-2012 03:41 PM

I’d like to resaw, but I don’t have a bandsaw, and I don’t think I can afford a bandsaw that could slice a 9 foot long 9” wide hardwood board.
Don W, that’s kind of what I was getting at. A 16th would stall out the planer about 3/4 of the way through a 9 foot board. I usually take about a 64th off each side.When I get impatient, I do 1/32”, but the planer isn’t happy about it. As I mentioned, my only other planer experience is a gigantic one at the mill that the owner lets me use to plane my purchased wood. I take off 1/4 on each side on the first passes at high speed, then 1/8th (or whatever gets me to 3/4) off each side after. So a total of 4 trips through the planer, and I can usually do 3 boards at a time. Total planing time is about 5 minutes

I know I am not going to get anywhere near that level of speed with any planer that would fit in my garage, but taking of 1/16 or even better – 3/32 at a time would be awesome! That would cut my time down to about 20 passes and about 35 to 45 minutes.


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