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Posted on 13" Planers: Dewalt, Ridgid, or Steel City

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 02:12 AM


Short of getting helical head for a planer, no planer will guarantee tear-out free planing on curly maple or any other highly figured wood. The helical heads, indexable carbide or hss, shear the wood instead of hacking. Even they will tear out at times. The idea is to take light cuts, wet the wood with mineral spirits to soften the fibers, run it through at as great an angle as you can and pray to the gods of woodworking to make it good. You will always get some. That’s why they make scrapers.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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