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09-17-2017 07:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine planer milling

Hi.

I have jointed and planed my boards down ready to be glued but I now have some boards that are ever so slightly wedge shaped… I was wondering if I can run them through my thickness planer on their side? I don’t have a table saw or hand planes but I’m open to new ideas if you have a method I can use.

Thanks
DAVE

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newwoodbutcher

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#1 posted 09-17-2017 07:55 PM

Without seeing the actual material I hesitate to advise on a safety question, but, I have run boards through both my drum sander and thickness planner on edge quite a few problems.

-- Ken

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 08:04 PM

Generally you can run stock thru for edge grain planing, but it also depends upon how thick vs tall they are. Thin stock would probably get chewed up. But I’m wondering, how will the planer correct the wedge? If you need to true the edge, a jointer, hand plane or your table saw is the way to go. A drum sander would also do I believe, but I don’t think you’ll get the results you’re looking for with your planer.

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 09:16 PM

I don’t have a table saw or hand planes. I have a handheld belt sander if that would work? I do have a circular saw too if that would work?

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 09:17 PM

Also worth mentioning that the boards are only at most 2mm wider at one end to the other but when putting them together it makes a big difference.

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#5 posted 09-17-2017 09:27 PM

What exactly are you trying to make?

It’s possible to use a rip fence attached
to a circular saw. They usually have a slot
for attaching one. Removing a sliver of
material may be awkward but it’s doable.

Another way to do it is with a guide rail
like this.

You’re unlikely to achieve a very straight or
square edge removing that much material
with a belt sander but it can be done.

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#6 posted 09-17-2017 09:51 PM

What dimensions are the boards?

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#7 posted 09-17-2017 09:53 PM

I say plan them all and let God sort them out

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#8 posted 09-17-2017 09:56 PM



What dimensions are the boards?

- bigblockyeti

4×1 inch

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#9 posted 09-17-2017 10:02 PM

Yes you can run them on edge through a planer. I do it all the time size cabinet parts like face frames. That is what planers do, make one edge, face parallel to the other.

I run 1/4×13/16 shelf edging through it also.

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#10 posted 09-17-2017 10:04 PM

Dave, what are you building? Can you glue the boards up by flipping every other one so they are wide/even/wide/even Panel may come out fairly square that way.


I say plan them all and let God sort them out

- richardchaos


I say “get a life”

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#11 posted 09-17-2017 10:07 PM



Yes you can run them on edge through a planer. I do it all the time size cabinet parts like face frames.

- AlaskaGuy

Is there a minimum width that you’ve done it? I’ve always been curious about it. I have seen pictures of people who will clamp a group together and run them through a planer but not individually.

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#12 posted 09-17-2017 10:10 PM

I think the safest way for you to do this without risk of injury or ruining your pieces is to use a long block of wood with sandpaper adhered to it and sand them square. Since it’s only 2mm, it shouldn’t be a lot of work. Score or draw a line parallel to one side and sand to the line. Spray adhesive will be the best method for adhering the sandpaper. It will allow the sandpaper to lay flat and you won’t easily round over the edges of the pieces you’re sanding. 3/4” MDF would be good to use of you have it. Otherwise you want a piece of lumber that’s true and straight.

They are small and making a setup to use your circular saw won’t be easy. You could try your belt sander if you have a way to clamp them. However achieving good results with it will be difficult.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#13 posted 09-17-2017 10:12 PM

I ran some 5” wide X 1 1/4 thick boards through earlier today on edge then layed them down and planed the thickness. They were only about 36” long.

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#14 posted 09-17-2017 10:18 PM


Yes you can run them on edge through a planer. I do it all the time size cabinet parts like face frames.

- AlaskaGuy

Is there a minimum width that you ve done it? I ve always been curious about it. I have seen pictures of people who will clamp a group together and run them through a planer but not individually.

- AZWoody


I can run single pieces of shelf edging that are 1/4 wide and 13/16 tall one piece at a time if I wish.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#15 posted 09-17-2017 10:20 PM

I do that often. If I have several to, I will stand them up next to each other and run thru at the same time. No problem at all, especially 1×4.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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