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How to Use an Electric Hand Planer

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How to Use an Electric Hand Planer


Hand planers come in a few sizes, from small ones able to be used one handed, to heavy duty special purpose ones which cuts to 12" wide. A typical hand planner is 3 ΒΌ" in width and has a 4 amp motor and. does 15,000 RPM. It is a good choice for fitting doors and general small planning jobs. They are extremely nosey so hearing protection is recommended.

Operation First, rest the tool front base flat upon the work piece surface without the blades making any contact. Switch on and wait until the blades attain full speed. Then move the tool gently forward. Apply pressure on the front of tool at the start of Planning, and at the back at the end of planning. Planning will be easier if you incline the work piece in stationary fashion, so that you can plane somewhat downhill. The speed and depth of cut determine the kind of finish. The depth of cut is usually controlled by a knob on top of the tool. The power planer keeps cutting at a speed that will not result in jamming by chips. For rough cutting, the depth of cut can be increased, while for a good finish you should reduce the depth of cut and advance the tool more slowly.
Wear safety glasses or goggles.
Some hardwood, and treated timbers, and certainly plywood and MDF boards contain chemicals that are dangerous. Use a good quality dust mask if there is any doubt.
This tool is particularly designed for right handed people. So left handers be particularly careful.