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Forum topic by Speednork posted 02-10-2009 02:09 AM 2442 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2009 02:09 AM

I had the blades from a planer sharpened . I do not have a blade gauge to reset them to the proper height. Can anyone tell me a good way to set them without a gauge?

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 03:19 AM

To set the height of my blades I use a metal straight edge, usually the ruler from one of my combination squares. I first remove the fence so that I can get to the cutterhead easier. I put the straight edge on the outfeed table and extend it about 1” over the cutterhead. The ruler should balance itself on the outfeed table. Raise one end of the planer blade up until it just touches the ruler and then tighten the gib screw. Repeat for the other end. You have the blade ends set to the correct height when you can just hear an audible clicking as the cutterhead is rotated without moving or knocking over the ruler. Once the two ends are set then work on the middle portion of the blade. If the center portion is too low then apply upward pressure with a screwdriver and tighten the gib screw. Again the blade height is set correctly when an audible clicking is heard without moving the ruler.

Repeat the process for the other blades. One note I would add is that when you tighten the screws it will tend to raise the planer blade slightly. So in reality this becomes a reiterative process. Once you get used to the process you can use the strength of the clicking noise to fine tune the blade height even more. To tell the truth I have a dial indicator and have found that this method produces a better height set for me.

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 03:54 AM

Scott has some good tips. You could try to use the search option. There are lots of good threads on the topic and some good videos
- JJ

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 04:37 AM

Thanks guys. I am talking about a surface planer not a jointer. it is an older “Shop Tool” 12 ” planer. they call for a blade gauge that sits on the cutter head to set the proper height of each blade. Unfortunately, this was no longer with the planer when I got it.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 05:27 PM

I must have been on here too long when I posted this last night. Even though you clearly indicated this was a planer issue for some reason I had a jointer on my mind. In looking for a videos I did come across this one which is titled setting planer blades but it is clearly a jointer that is having its knives set. I know that Craftsman tends to interchange the two but the two are distinctly separate tools (unless you discount the new line from Jet which combine the two into one tool).

Here is a video that I believe describes a tool similar to the one that you may be looking for that the author uses on his Shopsmith planer.

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 05:39 PM

I don’t know what your planer looks like, but maybe a gauge for another brand (Delta 12 inch for example) would work. That’s what I have and the gauge sits on the cutter head. Probably wouldn’t be too tough to make a jig.

-- Joe

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 07:32 AM

Problem solved! After a few phone calls I located a gauge that worked great. Thanks

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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