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Forum topic by JeremyR posted 09-04-2014 11:54 AM 566 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2014 11:54 AM

I just finished cutting some of my wood to size for a 24”x40” end grain cuttingboard/butchers block I’m building. Does anyone know what kind of wood the brownish red stuff is?

Also, my planer recently stopped feeding wood through. Would anyone be able to suggest why this is?


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#1 posted 09-04-2014 12:07 PM

I could take a hack at guessing the wood type, but I’d honestly be shooting in the dark. I’m not even going to try.

As far as why your planer stopped feeding, there could be a lot of reasons.

1. Blades could be getting real dull. If you haven’t sharpened or changed them in a while, this might be a good time, as dull blades can really kill the feeding operation.
2. Feed rollers are getting dusty/dirty. Sometimes the rollers that pull the wood through get so caked with sawdust that they won’t grip onto the wood anymore. You can clean them with lots of stuff, including soap and water, if you are careful not to get water onto other metal parts. I cleaned mine with mineral spirits, I believe. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to damage the rollers if they are some sort of rubberish material, which they likely are.
3. Planer bed is not waxed. I am always amazed at the difference it makes to wax the working surfaces of tools such as tablesaws, bandsaws, jointers, planers, and handplanes. A quick sanding with 180 or 220 will smooth out the bed if there are any dings or rust spots, and a coat of wax will get the base nice and lubricated for wood to slide over.

I got my planer used and it was having an issue feeding. I made these three changes and it worked like new. The good part was that I got it for a steal of a deal because I told the previous owner I’d have to fix the infeed, which I did. About an hour or two of work, and I was making shavings. Good Luck.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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