Avoiding snipe

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04-19-2016 04:10 PM

Suggestions to avoid snipe

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#1 posted 04-27-2016 12:02 PM

In my experience this does not work well.

I have adjusted my in-feed and out-feed tables up at the far ends a bit to eliminate snipe in my DeWalt planer. I get no snipe now.

To convince yourself that this will work for you:

Run a board through your planer lifting the end of the board as it enters the planer and again as it exits. You will see the snipe disappear. Now you know that adjusting the tables to do this for you will work. Having them flat or level is not the answer.

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#2 posted 04-27-2016 12:18 PM

+1 Jim. I used a strait edge running across both in feed and out feed tables and got them perfectly even. I now have no snipe. It is a simple short process that pays off.
I too have the DeWalt planer.

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#3 posted 04-27-2016 05:34 PM

yep – - straight edge with two nickels on the bed of the jointer, then raise the tables til the leading and trailing edges touch the straight edge.

So I don’t agree with his first two points (you don’t want the tables flat, and cutting 3 inches of stock from front and back is horribly wasteful). The third works, and when I have a bunch of pieces, like drawer sides, I run them together like a train to help minimize snipe.

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