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Forum topic by scribble posted 05-17-2012 07:25 PM 789 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2012 07:25 PM

I was doing some trim work on a few recently installed windows in our house. I needed to plane down some boards so I could make new jamb extensions since the house is 100 years old and none of the walls are normal thickness. On to my question.

I purchased a used old Delta 22-560 planer that I did watch work before purchased by planing some black walnut (jealous of this persons wood stock pile). I saw no sniping on those boards. I finally got it setup to do my pine and when running through I noticed some small divets in the side I ran through. I am thinking this is snipe but just want a clarification. I looked at the blades and they looked decent. What is the best way to sharpen them?

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 07:34 PM

Snipe is a hollowed-out swale of sorts at the ends of a board that’s been through a planer, and it’s caused by a less-than-perfect balance of rollers and cutting head. If adjusting out the imbalance isn’t do-able, best bet is to plane material longer than required and cut the snipe off. Yeah, I know. Low tech, just avoids the problem. But it’s what I do if at all possible.

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 08:30 PM

What I am seeing is the entire length of the board. I will try and get some pics from a board I run through tonight.

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 08:33 PM

Welcome to Ljs Scribble
Sounds like one of your blades may have a chip in it. Snipe is only on the ends of boards not all the way down the board.

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 08:34 PM

Hmmm maybe youve got something stuck on the rollers and with pine being so soft it may just be denting it. Try cleaning the rollers with some mineral spirits and a little wax on the table. Unplug it first ;)

Edit: I dont know where i came up with the thought that you were using pine … what kind of lumber are you using?

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 08:41 PM

You are right it is pine, it was in my post. I will take a look into the rollers again. The blades I did not see any chips but i didn’t break out my eye loop like I do for my EDC knives.

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 08:45 PM

After checking the blades and rollers take a look at the bed of your planer for something stuck on it ,like Dried Glue ,pine sap ?

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 08:50 PM

Will do, too bad I’m at the 2nd job tonight so it will be a late one again tonight.

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 09:30 PM

Is it doing this on every pass? Are the divots uniformly spaced?
If it happens just the odd time you might be feeding the wood against the grain direction and the planer could be tearing the fibres out. Its worth checking anyway.

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