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Forum topic by cearle23 posted 12-15-2015 03:12 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cearle23

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12-15-2015 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cherry planer

Good Morning Folks -

This is my first post after lurking on the site for a couple years now. I’m pretty new to the trade and have only done some minor projects in the past. This year my mother-in-law asked for a hanging corner curio cabinet to display an ornament collection. I’ve had a few hiccups along the way but I think I’m on, or near, the right path. But now to my question, I’m looking on advice on if it is alright to send a piece through my planer that has been edge glued. The part that I’m particularly curious about is that since the piece is hanging in the corner, my top and bottom of the cabinet are going to be a triangle essentially, so the pieces that I glued up are not equal in length, as I was trying to minimize scrap. The glue-up is somewhat of a pyramid in shape currently, bottom piece is roughly 24 inches, middle is 15, and top is maybe 5 inches. I didn’t know that if it would cause any problems when the longest piece hits the cutter head or if when the other pieces engage the cutter head.

I hope that I have described the situation in enough detail for you. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!


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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 03:16 PM

Is there any way you could hot glue some runners on the sides of equal length to support the rollers?

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 03:29 PM

I don’t think you’ll have a problem.
If you’re worried about the rollers tilting or something do what Brian ^ said.

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 03:48 PM

Ive done it. A stick hitting the cutterhead first then another then another is no big deal as long as the planer is wider than the total width of the glue-up.

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#4 posted 12-15-2015 04:48 PM

As long as you are generally planing with the grain it will work. I would keep a hand on the piece as it enters the planer, because it will want to rotate as the wider section engages the feed rollers.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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cearle23

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#5 posted 12-15-2015 04:51 PM

Thanks guys, glad I asked! Follow-up question on the runner idea, are you saying that I should put my piece on top of a piece of scrap plywood, or take two pieces and basically sandwich my piece in between those two pieces and run it through?

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rwe2156

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 07:48 PM

No just add one strip to the side of the shortest piece to fool the planer into thinking its one panel.

But I really don’t think you need to do it.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 08:25 PM


... I m pretty new to the trade and have only done some minor projects in the past…
... to send a piece through my planer…
... bottom piece is roughly 24 inches…
- cearle23

So you just started and you already have a planer that accepts 24” pieces ? Lucky you !

-- It's nice!

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SirIrb

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 08:34 PM

Same thought hit me. But who am I to judge. The man has a 24” planer then go for it, son.

... I m pretty new to the trade and have only done some minor projects in the past…
... to send a piece through my planer…
... bottom piece is roughly 24 inches…
- cearle23

So you just started and you already have a planer that accepts 24” pieces ? Lucky you !

- 716


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cearle23

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#9 posted 12-16-2015 02:45 PM

Oh… I don’t have a 24” planer, I got a deal on a 13” planer, the piece is 24” in length…. appreciate the feedback on this topic!

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