No joiner, would a hand-held power planer do?

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Forum topic by kwblack posted 03-17-2011 11:13 PM 5442 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2011 11:13 PM

I want to straighten the edges of some reclaimed pine flooring after ripping off the tongue and groove. I used my circular saw, since I don’t have a table saw in my small shop. I don’t have a joiner, could I use a hand-held power planer to clean up the edges? I plan to use biscuits and glue up the pine to make panels for a wall unit.

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 11:43 PM

How about a router table? That can work for edge jointing.

The other challenge I think you will face is cutting the 2nd edge parallel to the 1st edge.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 11:49 PM

NO! The hand held power planer will not work. Not enough control on debth of cut to make a steight edge. A table saw cut would be a LOT better.

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#3 posted 03-18-2011 12:50 AM

id say it would be awfully tough to get a straight edge using a power planer, a hand plane would be better and a router even better than that

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 03-18-2011 01:10 AM

I have a power planer, and I know its mostly because of my inexperience, but I seem to do more bad with that thing than good, and have to grab my hand planer to fix the snipe I caused by using the power planer.

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#5 posted 03-18-2011 01:21 AM

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 01:29 AM

I have a power hand held planer and I think of it strictly as a carpenter’s tool. I use it to trim doors and door frames. I would never use it for a woodworking application. It’s too hard to control.

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

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