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Forum topic by boardmaker posted 12-05-2011 09:03 PM 1472 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2011 09:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodmaster planer molder molding poplar belsaw tearout

As previously stated, I have been making m?olding with my Woodmaster 718 lately. I have an assortment of knives and such.

I am having trouble with poplar tearout. Let me run you through my setup.

I have the stock planed to 1/32 or 1/16 of my final thickness. I then set my profile and run to final depth in one pass. So far with just one knife in the planer head. I have purchased the 2 knife corr. head, but I haven’t used it yet. I generally run around 12’/min. I do have played a little with the speed, but not to much. It’s happened to more than one knife so that pretty much rules them out. I am very confident the knives are plenty shart. Will nearly shave hair. No chatter, just tearout. Should I maybe leave more stock on for the final pass? Slower? Faster?

I haven’t had any problems with oak at all. In fact, it comes out beautifully.

I am open to any and all suggestions.

As with before, you may see this some other places

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 09:59 PM

We manufacture molding and run a lot of poplar. However, our machines are the heavier type of molders made by Weinig so yours is probably a totally different ball game. However, I can’t say that we have had any different problems with poplar than most of our other woods. Make sure that your knives are balanced and sharp and that the wood is held down firmly to the bed and fence correctly and eliminate all vibration as much as you can.

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