Use bandsaw and hand planes in place of thickness planer?

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12-10-2012 12:45 AM

The only power tool I currently own is a bandsaw. I also have been using a couple of hand planes but am finding it time prohibitive to get the stock to the right thickness using the planes I currently own. Would it be possible to smooth one face and then resaw the piece a little proud of the desired thickness and then smooth the resawed face? I’d like to get by with what I currently own in the most efficient manner possible.

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 12:51 AM

Yep, it works fine at my place.
Depending on the BS blade, how much work I have with the plane.
Saw early, planes make little noise to bother the neighbors later in the day/evening.

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 12:52 AM

That method is possible, especially if you plan on taking off a lot of material. If you purchase a scrub plane, you can also plane down the material much faster before smoothing it out.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 12:58 AM

I am taking off 1/8 to 1/4. A scrub plane is on the wish list but not in the cards in the near future.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 01:00 AM

What do you currently have for planes?

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 01:49 AM

A low angle jack and a low angle block are the planes currently in the arsenal. If I get even a little aggressive with the low angle jack I end up chipping off pieces of the edge of walnut and maple when I plane perpendicular or diagonal to the grain. If I back the blade off, I can avoid this but I am taking very thin shavings. The low angle jack works like a dream for smoothing and planing with the grain. At this point I am very good at smoothing both faces but downright terrible at removing enough wood to get the stock down to the right thickness. I have also been successful ripping and resawing thin consistent widths on the bandsaw.

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 03:43 PM

The way you mentioned, will work but once you have tried a scrub, you will be amazed at how efficiently it will remove wood. If the budget doesn’t allow, you can hack together a Krenov style plane with a block plane iron with a big camber. A cheap block plane iron is like $3 at HD. Shouldn’t be too much of a barrier. Nice wide mouth. This is not a precision tool we are talking about.

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 04:17 PM

I got a H-F #33 plane that cost about $9, maybe $10. I re-ground the iron into an 8” radius camber. Mouth was plenty large enough, so now, thanks to Stumpy Knubs and his little video, I have a #3 sized scrub plane.

seen here, working down some Beech…..

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 04:22 PM

Sure, you can do it, and get some great exercise
in the process.

I sometimes use a handheld electric door planer to
flatten and thickness wide boards. Quicker and
less sweaty than using a scub plane.

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 04:28 PM

The funny thing about that is a good set of hand planes will set you back more than a used 13” planer. Eventually, you will want both.
For panels wider than my planer, I take them to a local wood shop with a 50” oscillating drum sander.

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 04:56 PM

Bandit is on it. That cheapie HF is perfect for a scrub, and you will wonder why everyone doesn’t have one.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#11 posted 12-10-2012 05:45 PM

Any cheap plane, used or new is a great donor for a scrub.

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#12 posted 12-12-2012 12:34 AM

What is the easiest way to get a 3 inch camber on a cheap plane if I don’t own a grinder? The coarsest water stone I have is 220.

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#13 posted 12-12-2012 01:25 AM

Grinders are dirt cheap these days, although they probably won’t take really heavy use. Hard to get by without one if your time is worth anything. Same goes for a thickness planer. Obviously it’s possible to do without; just a matter of how much you are willing to suffer / do it the old way.

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#14 posted 12-12-2012 01:27 AM

Send it to me with a $5 bill (return shipping)

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