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#1 posted 10-02-2013 04:08 PM

Just feel the board as it enters the planer, it should feel smooth under your fingers.

Besides grain direction, there can be issues planing thin stock. With my Dewalt 735, 1/8” strips begin to chatter and tearout. 1/4” strips usually work fine. Also, snipe will be present because the board is too thin for the outfeed table to guide; it just bends the board.

Also if the stock was resawn, and one end is thicker than the other – that can cause the planer to grab.

I was planing some bone dry cherry yesterday and noticed more tearout than usual. Some wood is just prone to tearout. Helical carbide cutterhead is the ultimate solution, but that will add to the cost of your coasters significantly:)

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