Makita 2012NB portable/lunchbox planer adjustments

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Forum topic by Vjeko posted 01-30-2009 08:56 PM 2730 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2009 08:56 PM

I’m new to the site and a beginner woodworker – a recipe for a lot of questions.
I just bought a new Makita 2012NB and would like to double check its
adjustments before use.

In the instructions the infeed and outfeed tables are sloping upwards
1mm-3mm away from the planer table – should it really be like this ?

In some reviews of lunch box planers there is mention of a “parallel test”
and how they were able to adjust the planer (not in instructions) – any
idea how best to check this/any other checks to be done ?

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 09:28 PM

The in feed and out feed tables tilt up slightly to put upward pressure on the piece of stock. This helps reduce the amount of snipe.

I think the parallel test you mention is checking to see if the blades are parallel with the bed of the planer. If they are not parallel then the board thickness will vary from one side of the board to the other. This can be tested by simply planing a board and then accurately measuring the thickness on both edges. It should be the same. You cad also cut a hardwood block- about 3” tall and set it under the blade on one side of the bed- POWER UNPLUGGED- and reduce the height adjustment until the blade just touches the top of the block. Slide the block to the other side of the bed- without moving the height adjustment- if the blade still just touches the block then the blade/cutterhead is parallel with the table. If it is not parallel, then you’ll need to adjust the planer. I don’t have this type so I can’t help you with that but I’m sure someone here will know how.

Hope this helps.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-30-2009 10:48 PM

Thanks – that’s clear now- well, must rush off to the workshop now – excuse the rush but the planer is waiting ;)

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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