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#1 posted 12-17-2012 06:12 AM

Got me to thinking about an old idea, the rotary plane. You could mount if on a RAS or drill press. These were a disk (steel or aluminum) about 3 1/2” in diameter, with 3 or 4 cutters around the perimeter. There were 2 iterations: the “safety planer,” whose cutters protruded only a few thousandths, and the other (non safe) kind. I used mine in a radial drill press, which meant it could be used like a panel raiser by tilting the DP head. I built an entire roll top desk with this thing. The amount of sanding was huge, but the router sled mentioned above (which is also a good technique) will also require sanding to get rid of inevitable ridges. As with the router sled method, you could joint a big panel, much bigger than an orthodox jointer. Just googled safety planer, and got Wagner Safety Planer (that’s what I had—heck it may still be under a pile of stuff). They have them on Ebay. Worth checking out. Oh, there’s a LJ review of one 1590 days ago. Kickback with the safety planer is almost nonexistent, simply because the cutters protrude so little. Apparently the Sears non safety model was very dangerous.

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