Planer/jointer help requested

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Forum topic by Medickep posted 08-21-2015 10:24 PM 732 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2015 10:24 PM

I acquired an old jointer and finally rebuilt it as well as got a planer. I know enough to be dangerous with them.

Since I’ve volunteered to make beds for a charity group, mostly out of 2x material, I thought these two tools would help shave off some of the sanding required.

I understand that both require the blade to go in the direction of the wood grain like a router but noticed especially with the planer, the wood would peel around the knots regardless of the direction I fed them.

Is it just hard to plane with this type of wood, or am I missing something?

Thanks for any help!!

-- Keith

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 12:23 AM

Planers and knots do not play well together. You might try a couple of tricks: take really shallow passes and mist the surface with water before planing. I’m assuming your blades are SHARP. Pine knots are hard and will dull blades.

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 12:59 AM

Agree with above. Knots don’t plane well not matter which way you send them thru. I have had success dampening the wood as well.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 11:30 AM

Thanks guys I appreciate the help! Glad to know it was just me!

-- Keith

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