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Forum topic by apopj posted 12-15-2009 04:46 PM 1905 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2009 04:46 PM

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Hello all,

I am using a DeWalt planer and have a question for you knowledgeable folks….

The infeed and outfeed tables are about 1/8” below the flat table of the planer. I have both ends of the feed tables adjusted to the same height as the flat table, so when planing long boards this is not a problem. However, when I feed a short piece of wood, say 6”, it feeds fine but when it clears the flat table, it drops down the 1/8th inch and there is a serious snipe problem. I do not see any adjustment to raise the tables as they are mounted with a small pin so they can be folded up for transport.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to cure this problem? I could use a small piece of material to make it level, but surely there is a better solution…

Thanks again,


I re-read this post and see it is a little confusing…

If you imagine the infeed table, the planer table, and the outfeed table laying flat in a row. Where the infeed table and the outfeed table butt up against the planer table, they are about 1/8th in below the edge of the planer table. I can adjust the far ends of the infeed and outfeed table to be at the same height as the planer table, but right where the feed tables butt against the planer table, they are low…. hope that helps

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 05:05 PM

Everything I have read indicates the in and out feed tables should be on the same plane as the “built in” table. In fact some have said the ends of the in and out feed tables should be slightly higher than the planer table so as to lift the work as it enters and exits the planer. My concern is that a 6” piece is very short to put through the planer.

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 05:37 PM

The manufacturer’s recommendation for my DeWalt is that work pieces should be 10 inches or longer. I suspect the shortness of piece you have used leads to the snipe problem. You can build simple sled to carry the six inch piece through that should solve this issue.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 05:47 PM

the in/outfeed tables should be on the same plane as the planer table. some people like to lower them slightly to avoid snipe – works with some models while not with others.

which dewalt planer do you have ? what’s the model number – that might help people here help you better.

generally speaking the in/outfeed tables should be mounted using 2 screws, one on each end, and they can be repositioned up/down to align them with the planer table.

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 05:58 PM

My dewalt planner is the same… and there is no adjustment for it… just the ends of the in feed / out feed table heights are adjustable.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 06:22 PM

The DeWalt model is DW734. There, as drfixit mentioned, is not adjustment for the height of the table where it meets the planer table. There are two roll pins that hold the outfeed/infeed tables in place. You can adjust the far ends of the tables but not the near ends. Perhaps that is the problem;, I am trying to feed a board that is too short into the planer. 8”x8”, too big for the jointer, too small for the planer… what a quandry….


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#6 posted 01-01-2010 10:03 PM

You’ll need to build a sled for the shorter pieces or attach longer pieces of wood to both sides. Do a search on here or Google on how to plane short pieces of wood.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 11:30 PM

thats how they are set up with the ends of the table being the support- i don’t run anything under 10” – do you have the manual? i believe it addresses this – i have an older one – i think 733 but it explained the table concept in the manual

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 08:08 PM

Running a board through a planer that is shorter than the distance between the rollers (10-12”) can also creat a missle coming out or your tool that you don’t want to be in the way of…..........

-- Big G

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