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Nick_R

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571 days ago

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Hey Jocks! Need some advice regarding a planer and specifically its usage. What would you consider the minimum safe width of a board to put through a planer. I am using a ridgid 13” planer and have thought about putting 1”x1”x6’ through to create slats for benches but thought they might get askew and create problems.

Also… sounds dangerous so I would not try it but if it occurred to me it probably occurred to someone else. Would you ever put a board through on edge? Sort of like a jointer type operation?

Thanks in advance.. Happy New Year!

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst. - 7 finger Nick :)


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ShaneA

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#1 posted 571 days ago

Should not be a problem to put a 1” square piece through.

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Don W

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#2 posted 571 days ago

Not a problem. If I was doing it, I’d stack a bunch side by side just to save time.

If you do run them threw and they start to skew, just “help” them straight.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 571 days ago

I’d do that. I’d probably feed a half dozen through at a time too.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Don W

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#4 posted 571 days ago

Beat ya bags….....

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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cutworm

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#5 posted 571 days ago

Sometimes the board I’m planing gets a little skewed but it doesn’t seem to hurt anything. At 6’ you may get a little snipe on the ends.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Bagtown

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#6 posted 571 days ago

lol

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 571 days ago

I have planed on my Ridgid R4300, down to just 0.200in in thickness. As a matter of fact, I am not sure my adjustments allow me to go any thinner.

As far as width, I have turned 3/4in boards on their sides and run them through. Always better if you can run 2-3 of them side-by-side because that seems to plane better and at a 90* angle without much fuss.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 570 days ago

I think everyone else has pretty much covered it all

-- Norman

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Purrmaster

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#9 posted 570 days ago

I’ve run small pieces through the planer and I’ve never had a problem with it. If the pieces goes in at an angle or goes out at an angle, that’s fine.

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 570 days ago

No danger planing narrow pieces at all. I intentionally skew some woods as it seems to help tearout problem. Tall/narrow pieces can be done (best to sandwich several together) as well. SHORT pieces are the dangerous ones. Stick them to a carrier board with some double faced tape or they’re liable to get caught between the rollers and explode! Don’t ask how I learned this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ShaneA

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#11 posted 570 days ago

where you will want to show caution is planing it down in the 1/4” thickness and lower. It can be done, but it can also get a little dicey, if its get chewed into chunks, you will have a problem…dont ask how I learned this. I also skew boards all the time. It will cut down on planer tracks and keep wear more even on the blades.

Just dont stand directly behind the infeed area of the planer, that is the “strike zone”. Dont ask me how I learned this either….lol.

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Nick_R

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#12 posted 570 days ago

Thanks Jocks! You are all great resources. Happy New Year

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst. - 7 finger Nick :)

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#13 posted 570 days ago

I run boards on edge through my planer quite often. It puts a great finish on edge joints – better than my jointer or tablesaw.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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