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    Don't laugh, please. What is the shortest length of wood that can be planed safely in a stationary planer?
    Thanks,
    Jim

  • #2
    Interesting question, myself I would refer to the owners manual (I do)as planers come in different sizes. If you don't have a manual perhaps one of the "Old Duffers" here in the forum can offer a general rule of thumb
    Todd

    Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

    Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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    • #3
      I'm sure much will depend on the model you're using. The manual for my Kity says 10" is the minimum.

      Gill
      There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
      (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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      • #4
        I think on mine it is 12" or 15".
        I have a Delta 12" planner.

        Bob
        Delta P-20 & Q-3

        I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!

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        • #5
          It has to be longer than the distance under the cutter heads. Basically, measure the width of the planer and make sure your board is longer than that.

          Kevin
          Kevin
          Scrollsaw Patterns Online
          Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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          • #6
            Thickness planers

            Sometimes the wood it too short or two thin, The thin boards can be double sided taped to a carrier.
            Or you can make an auxillary table out of plywood tyhat will hook over the front of the planer, like a bench hook.
            I am not sure if you could use a carrier with a short board?
            I would hate to suggest that and have someone hurt themselves.

            See no dumb questions, just dumb answers
            CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
            "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
            Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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            • #7
              Thanks for your replies. I think attaching another board underneath may work best. It is a 13 1/2" blade DeWalt. My board is also 13 1/2". It is an old planer that was given to me, but works very good. I have used it a little but never had or used a planer before. How did I do without one?
              Thanks again for the replies.
              Jim

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              • #8
                Another yet primitive way is to just feed the wood in, if sparks fly or your wood shoots out you know it was either to big or to little. Caveman logic here.
                Todd

                Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                • #9
                  If the chips on the planers knives line up just right you can make custom moldings
                  CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                  "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                  Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                  • #10
                    I like Rivari's answer best, but Canadianscroller comes in 2nd so far. Anyway, I fed in a 13 1/2 inch piece and all came out OK nice and flat without sparks, no shooting pieces, and no grooves for custom work.

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                    • #11
                      Does that mean success or failure.

                      I'm always up for a good fireworks show.

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