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Forum topic by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" posted 06-08-2012 04:12 AM 1905 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch

06-08-2012 04:12 AM

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I was kinda thinking about buying one of these. I work with a lot of rough cut oak (3×3 post and 2×4). Will this little planer work on the rough cut oak?

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 04:49 AM

I have an electric planer and the only thing I found it useful for, woodworking wise, is to use it like a scrub plane on boards that are extra rough or gritty. This spares my more expensive planer blades and keeps my nicer hand plane blade maintenance low. They can be used on 3 inch wide boards with some success but can be snipe prone at the beginning and end of the cut, even after you get a comfortable feel for it. Anything over 3 inches wide and you are just not going to get a uniform surface. Great construction tool for wall studs but not a good one for finesse.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 04:59 AM

Every time I need to do some door work, I tell my wife I need one… but I”ve not gotten one yet.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 12:11 PM

I have a 4” Bosch hand planer and a 3” Skil 100 hand planer. I have used them a lot in rough carpentry and r
exterior rough cut trim work ( lots of log homes and like style homes ), but I have seldomly ever used one for any fine woodwork. They are great for taking a lot of material off quick, but generally speaking, aren’t a finish tool by any means, as there is often snipe leading in and out on your work.

I use my Bosch for most jobs and for anything that could potentially trash a knife, use my Skil only for select projects, mostly due to the fact that its the difference between destroying a $15 set of knives from HD and destroying a $125 custom made set of knives.

Just depends on what you plan on using it most for.

-- Just a girl with way too many tools.

#4 posted 06-09-2012 03:41 AM

I was wanting to clean the rough cut up so I could save a cut on the table saw. I don’t mind sanding to a clean finish. I can get the clean cut from the table. I just didn’t know if it was worth playing with. How about the table mount 3 inch planer? Anybody?

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

#5 posted 06-09-2012 03:46 AM

I plan on getting a nice planer maybe next year. The jobs I have right now, the planer just isn’t necessary for the finish. Thank you guys for your replies. You would never believe what I am making.

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 01:26 AM

Todd – have you ever gotten one of this units? I’m looking at the Bosch Model # 1594K. $159.00 at HD. I like the fence and the right/left vacuum ports.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 01:30 AM

They work better on slabs. I wouldn’t use one on a piece of pine or cedar though. Take a nice 4’ chunk of oak three inches thick and a hand planer and a hand belt sander can do wonders to get you to some workable wood. After all you cant exactly run one of those slabs through a DeWalt planer. It’s impossible to get the surface even with one, but it isn’t too bad of an offset, easily worked out with a hand plane and ROS.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

#8 posted 10-25-2012 01:57 AM

No I backed out. I bought a nice belt sander. I hope to buy a nice table mount planner soon.

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 02:10 AM

I just got a belt sander too – Ridgid. The purpose for the purchase is re-doing old interior doors – need to sand off the original 1950 finish, paint and rehang. HOWEVER, my wife is suggesting the we just replace the doors, so I”m thinking that the planer will help to size the doors – giving me a nice smooth edge on all four sides while only taking off a little wood at a time.

I think that doors would be the perfect project for these types of planers.

-- Harold

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 02:36 AM

I have a Ryobi electric planer. I’ve been tempted a number of times to get rid of it, but a couple times a year a find a use for it. It will work well for you with rough cut oak or rough cut anything and will save some time with a handplane.

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