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Get the most from your planer


Plane thin boards with ease
Plane thin boards with ease

Take shallow cuts (1/64") when planing thin stock, so you don't accidentally shatter the workpiece. If you want to plane a workpiece to a thickness less than 1/4", you'll get the best results by using an auxiliary bed. Although most planers indicate they will cut to 1/8" thick, don't try it: You risk deep snipe and chatter marks. Instead, place a 3'-long piece of melamine through the planer, and clamp it to the infeed and outfeed tables. Then plane your stock to thickness as usual, as shown. To plane a short board thin, double-face tape it to a 15"-long piece of 3/4" plywood, MDF, or particleboard. This allows the workpiece to ride piggyback through the planer.


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