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Posted on Running knotty cedar through planer?

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 05:48 PM

That does provide some comfort. I’m leaning towards doing some test runs on the planer (I’ll glue in really loose knots), and if it seems to work well I’ll go that route. Definitely would be the easiest option, and safer than face-jointing on the table saw. My planer blades are pretty new and leave a glass-smooth finish, so I’d barely have to do any finish sanding.

I assume that I should plane the boards individually, not in glued up panel sections – right? It would be nice to plane wider sections, to better ensure a uniform face in case of small shifts during glue up. But I’m pretty sure it would be a bad idea to run wide, knotty, glued boards through the planer. Plus I use biscuits for vertical alignment, which should be sufficient.

The things I do to make up for my lack of a drum sander…

Quick follow up – how exactly do you stabilize knots with epoxy? Thanks again!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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