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Forum topic by richgreer posted 05-08-2010 02:27 AM 6439 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richgreer

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05-08-2010 02:27 AM

I own a hand held power planer but I have only used it twice. Both times I was doing an onsite job and I was hanging a door. Otherwise, I have never seen a need for one. On both occasions when I used it I was doing carpenter work, as opposed to woodworking.

I’m curious – does anyone use a hand held power planer for woodworking? If so, how do you use it?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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#1 posted 05-08-2010 02:38 AM

I use one on a pretty regular basis. It’s used to smooth/square the edges of curved stringers for circular stairs. A pretty important tool for that purpose. Other than that….it’s not often used.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 02:53 AM

Rich:

The only time I’ve seen one used was by carpenters on a job site. I can’t think of any way in which i would use one in my shop.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 02:57 AM

I am like you Rich. I have a PC hand held electric planer and the only time I have used it is in construction or on doors. I am sure like Tony said there are a multitude of uses for it, but I just havent tried it on woodworking.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 03:31 AM

I bought mine to use while fabricating Corian countertops. A porter cable with a spiral carbide head. Works well. Haven’t done any corian for a long time but still use it to scribe shelves to walls, make doors shorter, basically any time I need to run something over a jointer but it’s too big or bulky or tall or something.

I have run it over thousands of feet of corian, melamine, solid wood, particle board, and have never had to sharpen the blades. I bought it like 25 years ago. A great tool to have while installing cabinets, and even in the shop for the larger items.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 03:52 AM

I have one good to have but not much use for it.

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 03:54 AM

ive been wondering about this also and would love to hear about it. keep the examples coming!

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 04:23 AM

I don’t have one and i don’t know if anyone posted this but i seen another woodworker use it to flatten a board before and he said that’s all he uses well that and a jointer insted of a benchtop one i should say.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 05-08-2010 06:34 AM

I’ve only used mine for doors.

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 06:48 AM

I have seen one used for timber frame construction….doors (as said above) and for flatening slab table tops….not much more useful than a hand plane in my opinion other then being more agressive in removing material. I suppose you can use a table top adapter and make it into a small jointer for small pieces….I have never found much use for one myself.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 05-08-2010 02:19 PM

Rich, I will add another voice to using one for planing doors. Out of curiosity I tried it once to flatten a wide board. But, whether it was my technique or simply because the planer is too small, it ended up simply planing gouges in the board rather than flattening it.

Like Jarrod said I would add an emphatic no on using it as a woodworking tool.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 05-08-2010 02:58 PM

I keep mine for my friends and neighbors to borrow

-- Ray,Iowa

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#12 posted 05-08-2010 03:14 PM

Buying rough sawn lumber direct from the mill and building rustic furniture, the electric plane makes easy work on making rustic yet smoother table tops. Could use a fine hand plane, but I am too particular about my hand planes.
Rough sawn lumber has too much dirt and trash in it.
Larry

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#13 posted 05-08-2010 05:13 PM

My Makita is so old. Ever seen a RED makita power tool? My hand planer is.
Not used often, but when needed ther ain’t nuttin’ that’ll take its place.
Bill

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#14 posted 05-08-2010 07:49 PM

I bought my Bosch several years back when I installed raised panels in a church. They were basically cabinet doors used as wall panels for wainscoating. There was also one huge wall at one end. There was extensive fitting so the power plane was fantastic.

I have rarely used it since, as I have several jointers. It sure paid for itself that one time though.

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 08:17 PM

I bought a Bosch also a few years back. I do not use it very much. The last time I used it i was making some dovetail drawers i had several with the dovetails cut when i noticed i did not have the ends and sides properly aligned in the jig. I put them togather then used the power plane to even up the sides with the ends. Kind of a short cut to fix a mistake but it worked.

-- wchips

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