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Boards are difficult to get through the planer.

The infeed and out feed are soining and the blades are spinning. but the boards are difficult to pass thru. I have to push them thru. How do I adjust it to make them pass on their own?

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You may just need to wax the bottom plate of the planer. Either by rubbing with solid candle wax or maybe applieing household furniture wax paste.

Posted on Jun 06, 2010

  • gdscraft Apr 04, 2011

    The candle wax would work, or Johnson's paste wax, but some furniture polish has silicone in it which may give you a "fish-eye" problem when you put finish on the project.

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You have already covered the normal bases, so give this a try. When planing, cut considerably less, and see if the feed improves. It should. You should probably try this on scrap wood to get the feel of it. Measure your wood, then aim to plane no more than 1/16" on the first pass. If successful, try a bit more, say 1/8". Generally speaking, it is better to make multiple passes taking small amounts of material than to try to get it all in one pass. The wood will feed better, with less checking, and give you a better finished product.

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1) I don't make the final cuts on my boards until after planing.

2) I discovered why the planer does this. I don't have a planer table. I use the two metal stands that came with the planer, and they don't really hold the board flat & steady like a planer table would. The planer has 2 rollers >>> one roller is on the feed-end and one roller is on the finished-end. When the end of the board goes past the feed-end roller, it is no longer held flat by two rollers. The weight of the board causes the board to tip up into the planer blade on the last 3 inches. So sometimes I just hold up the end of the board as it finishes ... but it still takes a nip out of the board now and then.

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