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Forum topic by sniper695 posted 10-14-2013 10:57 AM 1121 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:57 AM

I just picked up a craftsman branded belsaw planer, with the 5hp motor, seem like its had very little use. but it has very bad snipe issues, I would like extensoin tables for it, is that something you can buy affordably? or any advice on how to make them? I have a welder and basic welding skills.

also any advice on how to setup a dust collector attachment?


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Shawn Masterson

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:11 PM

I have had 2 of them and used many others. Honestly it just seems to be the nature of the machine. Every one I have ever used does the same thing. It scarfs out the last 6” of the board. I work with rough sawn domestic lumber, so it never really bothered me, but I understand your trouble.

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 07:55 PM

I’ve had a “Craftsman” Belsaw planer for around 35 to 40 years. Bought it new. I have the metal extensions on it that came with it. When I installed them after I bought it I remember being VERY careful to align the extensions to be parallel and even with the machine table. I have absolutely NO SNIPE. Check the extension alignment very carefully!

I find the Belsaw planer to be a GREAT machine. It just looks ungainly.

Planeman

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Planeman40

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 07:57 PM

Oh, and I see no reason why with a little thought you couldn’t make some very nice table extensions out of either metal or wood. There is no secret as to how they work. They are very simple.

Planeman

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 08:24 PM

If you don’t mind throwing off the scale (or fashioning a new pointer)
you can make a bed from melamine that extends fore and aft.

I recently sold my Belsaw. I liked it a lot but I acquired something
bigger and don’t have room to keep both. An infeed table isn’t
needed much but an outfeed table helps a lot. I never had
snipe if I lifted boards as they came out – though it did take
some time to get a feel for how to do it.

Woodmaster extension tables fit the Belsaw. They are probably
pricey but I’m sure Woodmaster has them available.

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Don W

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 08:59 PM

I have one as well. I made some extensions.

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 09:03 PM

If you make your own, there are two holes to bolt to
the Belsaw, but also a couple of tapped holes for set
screws which you use to adjust the table angle.

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Don W

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#7 posted 10-14-2013 09:09 PM

I use something like this

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sniper695

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#8 posted 10-14-2013 09:12 PM

Anyone who made extension can you post pics? If you made them out of metal how do you keep them flat and square?

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Don W

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#9 posted 10-14-2013 09:50 PM

There are pictures here, http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/31939

its metal, so if it starts flat, it stays flat. I don’t think square really matters.

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sniper695

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 11:54 AM

my planers doesn’t appear to have holes for extensions. I just found some table tops, kinda like a counter top. that has hard flat surface on top. they seem very stiff. if i cut it so it can lay on the table and extend out maybe 12 inches to either side, would that work? with a board on either side on bottom so it stays in place. I don’t ever see the need to plane something 6 inches thick and if I did I can remove the counter top board.

kinda of like loren’s idea just free :)

they are about 1 1/4 inch thick, seem very strong.

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#11 posted 10-18-2013 12:13 PM

sniper695, I did the exact same thing with my benchtop, but I only used 1” lumber and it worked well.

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