|Review by dmann||posted 08-09-2008 04:08 PM||16614 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
As much as I’de love an excuse to get another piece of equipment for the shop I don’t use a planer enough to justify the expense or space.
I saw this Drill Press Planer at the Woodworker’s Supply and figured for the price I would give it a shot. I was able to plane my first pieces of wood this week. I was preparing a section of a 3×3x9 block of maple to create a laminated bowl blank.
The Planer worked well for my purposes. I secured the planer in the chuck and adjusted the table to take 1/16” to 1/8” off. Took a little while to get the hang of the cutting action but in no time I was making a huge mess in the shop. I was cutting endgrain so a little sanding to remove the raised grain and I was able to have a surface suitable for the lamination.
I’m giving this a 3. Not because of the quality or instructions, it definitely works as advertised, but I would only suggest this if you only need a planer a couple of times a year. To plane the edge of a board (very easy on a dedicated planer) you would have to do a lot of messing with your drill press table and fence to get a good edge.
Sells for around $30 at Woodworker.com. Grizzly and Woodcraft have similar items on their sites for $50.
Quick cutting action – cutters are pretty substantial
Comes with sharpening supplies
Must be careful around the spinning cutter head
Messy, wood chips go everywhere
Quality of cut depends a lot on the drill press table and fence setup
-- David / Durham, NC