Hand Tools – About the Thickness Planer

While it is the ideal material for countless construction and carpentry projects due to the natural rigidity of wood, its natural structure also causes it to slightly warp or bow after being cut into boards. This phenomenon results in boards which do not have the opposing sides exactly identical. Thickness planers are instruments which create smooth, parallel surfaces by removing thin layers on each side of a board. Running a board through a planer makes it better suited to projects requiring uniform thickness of lumber. Planers can also be used to smooth out rough surfaces and reduce a board’s thickness to a desired size. A thickness planer’s simple process includes setting the blade height and feeding a board through the tool up to achieving the required thickness.Learn more at hand tools

Planers with thicknesses can be fixed or compact. Stationary planers are much bigger and have the advantages of greater stability and efficiency than compact models that are smaller. Portable thickness planers, on the other hand, provide more flexibility, as they can be shipped and placed outside the woodshop to work on projects. Portable planers are better suited for use in limited areas of work and on workplace sites. Some planers, such as a handed planer from Festool tools, are designed to be operated with one hand when needed.

Because of the amount of dust generated by planers it is best to use a dust collection device. Some safety precautions to take when running planers cover the eyes with correctly approved safety goggles, wear clothes that are not too loose and use adequate ear protection. Maintaining the system and blades in good working condition can lead to a thickness planer’s safest activity and the best results.

As with all electrical power equipment, it is strongly recommended that you read and conform to all product guidelines.