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 tendency results in boards which do not have the opposing sides perfectly parallel. Thickness planers are instruments which create smooth, parallel surfaces by removing thin layers on each side of a board. Moving a board through a planer allows it better suited to tasks involving standardized thickness of timber. 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 target thickness.electric version has some nice tips on this.
Planers with thicknesses can be fixed or compact. Stationary planers are much larger and have the benefits of greater stability and capacity than portable ones that are smaller. Portable thickness planers, on the other hand, provide more flexibility, as they can be moved and placed outside the woodshop to work on projects. Portable planers are better suited for use in smaller areas of work and on employment 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 produced by planers it is advisable to use a dust collection system. 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 tool and blades in good working condition can lead to a thickness planer’s safest activity and the best results.