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Forum topic by Boodles posted 01-05-2014 12:03 AM 748 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2014 12:03 AM

Hey guys,

I bought an old ‘85 Shopsmith Planer several months ago and have been absolutely loving it. It was (is) in pretty rusty condition, but I cleaned up the bed and it runs pretty smoothly.

For a project, I had some scrap 1.25” milled Alder from a lumber yard that I was trying to plane down to 1” (through many small passes), but the wood refused to move through the machine.

Has anyone heard of this? My guess is that since the wood had already been planed and surface sanded, that it was too slick for the rollers to grab onto and feed it through the machine…

Has anyone had issues trying to plane down pre-milled lumber?

Thanks for your insight!


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#1 posted 01-05-2014 12:06 AM

Sand the beds with fine stearated sadpaper and wax
the beds with paste wax.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 12:06 AM

Nope, that shouldn’t be happening. Did you replace the knives or are they super dull?
If the knives are sharp, did you play with the roller adjustment or tension? Is it possible that they aren’t low enough to grab the board?
Are the rollers even rolling? If you open the planer up as wide as you can, like for a 6” thick board, and turn it on and then bend down and peek inside at the rollers, are they moving at all?

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 12:12 AM

Loren: I will have to sand and wax it.. Would the rust damage an orbital sander?

JustJoe: Yes, the rollers are fine.. As soon as I pushed the alder through with a thinner piece of wood, I ran. A different piece of scrap through it (1.5” by 1” wide), and that went through just fine. The rollers are functioning and I have used the planer for many other things.

Now that I think about it, this is the widest piece of have ever tried to run through (7.5”), so maybe the rough bed had too much of a grip on the wood compared to the rollers.

I will have to spend some quality time with the machine tomorrow evening.

Thanks guys!


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#4 posted 01-05-2014 12:13 AM

Don’t know anything about that planer, but I waxed the bed and extensions on mine a few weeks ago when it started to stick and that fixed it.

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 12:49 AM

I would just hand sand it unless it’s real bad. The rust won’t
damage an orbital sander. Usually with rusty cast iron
I go at it with a steel wire brush, then a brass brush,
then finer abrasives like sandpaper. It should feel
mostly uniform under your fingers when it’s sanded
enough, except for pitting (if any). Often there will
be raised portions where the oxidation is thicker and
sometimes these have pitting underneath, but it
is usually minor.

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 12:55 AM

Are the feed rollers rubber or knurled steel. Old rubber ones will get hard and slip.

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 08:42 AM

You might want to ask over at the Shopsmith forum.

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