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Forum topic by Virgil posted 05-01-2008 07:07 AM 1282 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2008 07:07 AM

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Newbie here, my first post so hope I am on the right trail here. I should start out with an apology, as I have been lurking around for sometime on this site and have had many questions answered and picked up on some good advice. In fact based on many of your comments I just purchaced a DeWalt 735 Planer. I installed the Infeed and Outfeed tables and ran a few pieces of 1×6 through it and sure enough mine came with snipe included. Now, from previous postings I believe the idea is that you want the tips of the feed tables slightly higher than the center table. “My Question is, how much higher?” I put a straight edge across all three tables and the center section is almost 3/16 lower than the outer ends.

I should mention that the boards were just scrapes, maybe 24” long. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. I am looking forward to being part of the LJ’s group, seems to be a great variety of good people here.

-- If you don't make mistakes, your not trying!

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 01:34 PM

First of all, welcome to the forum.
I also have a 735 and as much as I hate to admit some days I can run a piece of wood through the machine and never get even a hint of a snipe. Then on other days I cannot run a piece of wood to save my butt! (It must have something to do with the alignment of the planets and stars, the time of the day, or workshop Gnomes.)
Anyway, I think I’ve read where you should adjust the lift on the ends extension tables to about a thickness of a dime. (I wonder why money is always used to measure and adjust machinery? Who has any left after buying tools?)
When planing long boards on my Woodmaster I will lift the end of the board up to 6 inches higher than the bed to cut down on the snipe.
I guess it is one of those operator experience and “feel” thing. I don’t think there is any hard and set rule as to what height is the best.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 12:50 PM

i seldom get snipe on my 735 except on long stock . i agree with jim on the feel method . i dont see why you would need any lift on a 2 ft. piece . that may be causeing your snipe thats just my opinion

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 07:05 PM

Thank You both for the input. I did adjust my tables down to the dime and it did help. Right now I have about a 1000 bf of rough 1×4 and 1×6 fir that I got from a local mill. This will give a chance to experiment and learn before I get into the $$ stuff.

Thanks, again—Virgil

-- If you don't make mistakes, your not trying!

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 07:22 PM

I never plane stock that is cut to size. I plane blanks and leave some to trim if there is a problem. I find that it actually saves me wood in the long run.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 05-04-2008 01:22 AM

Thos, Thanks for the input, makes sence. The stuff I got is Doug Fir and it is a full 1×4 and 1×6, I plan to rip a lot of it depending on the projects. It will most likely last me a long time.

By the way the outfeed table on your table saw, I have ordered the brackets from WC and I hope mine comes out nearly as nice as yours.

From the other Oregon, Virgil

-- If you don't make mistakes, your not trying!

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#6 posted 05-04-2008 01:41 AM

Thos has the right idea. That’s what I try to do. I never bought the tables for the 735. I’ve found that if I lift up slightly on the back of the board on the infeed side and then do the same on the outfeed side I hardly ever see any snipe. Just experiment until you get a feel for it.

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