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How to Use a Planer – Setup & Maintenance

By Feb 11, 2018July 10th, 2020Quick Tips, Tool Tips & Usage, Tools & Tips
How to Use a Planer Setup Maintenance Align

How to use a planer starts with the basics.  That means setup, maintenance and alignment of your thickness planer to get the most out of it.  These steps will work for most if not all benchtop or lunchbox style planers.  The planer I have is the RIDGID TP13002 which is an older model.  You guys know I love the orange tools and I want to thank RIDGID for sponsoring my channel and this post!.  You can check out their latest promotions and tools here: RIDGID Promotions

Check out the video below for the full walk through to get your surface planer in tip top shape.  After you get your planer setup, if you’re having problems with snipe make sure you also check out my 6 Ways to Reduce Planer Snipe post and video.

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Here is what you’ll need for the project:

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This is part 1 in my How to use a planer series.  I’ll be doing more videos on Basic Planer Usage and Advanced Planer Usage soon.  I’ll cover things like identifying grain direction and how to plane warped boards.  So stay tuned!

If you to see some great shop projects to organize your workspace head over to my Shop Projects page.

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