Jointers and Planers
Woodworking jointers and planers are key to milling straight, square lumber for your woodworking projects. Learn tips and techniques for getting the most out of your jointer and planer.
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When I run edges of boards over my jointer, the leading and trailing thirds join perfectly for glue-ups, but there’s a gap between the middle third of the boards.
Will planing wood already finished with polyurethane be hard on carbide planer knives? I’ve heard the finish bakes onto the knives, eventually causing them to overheat.
My deck, made of pressure-treated pine, is beginning to look weathered. Is it safe to remove the boards and “freshen them up” by running them through the planer?
I recently bought an aftermarket spiral cutterhead for my jointer. Now when I use it, the face of each board shows slight grooves running along its length. Am I doing something wrong?
My planer seems to be struggling to feed boards through. When I help them along after getting stuck, they have black marks. The knives are brand new. What’s going wrong?