Get to know your tool. (Not THAT tool!)
What I mean is, it's really important to know exactly where your blade is when looking at the planer in your hand. Like parking your car in a tight parking spot, you need to know exactly where your tires and corners of your car are. That only comes with practice.
Keep in mind the front shoe determines the depth of cut, so it rides along where you want to cut. The rear shoe rides on what's already been cut. So if your first pass along the rail is wobbly, that translates into your second cut, etc. A steady hand, a light touch, a smooth even pass... like your grip on the handlebars of your mtn bike. Control the tool; don't let it run away from you.
Don't push the tool too fast. Get to know how fast you can go before the planer starts to tear the foam. While each kind of foam is different, there's a general speed you'll have to get used to to go as fast as you can without tearing the foam. A lot of newbies have a habit of accelerating at the end of a pass. Keep the speed even from end to end.
Holding the planer at about 30 degrees helps make a clean, true cut.
Check the stringer before you start at the rail. If it's high, take it down flush with the foam first, then go to the rail and work your way inward.
Keep your blades sharp. If you can sharpen them, do it. If you can't, get new ones.
Blow the dust out of your planer at the end of the day, and make sure there's nothing clogging the works periodically. Old garage sale or pawn shop planers can hold secret surprises, so be careful. I had one that shocked the sh!t out of me. Even funnier than that... I just gritted my teeth and used it to do the whole board because I couldn't stop and didn't have another planer!
Results 1 to 4 of 4
Thread: Power Planer
Apr 24, 2012, 11:08 AM
Last edited by LBCrew; Apr 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM.
'; // next/previous post info pn = "124664,124585"; pn = ",124583"; pn = "124583,124626"; pn = "124585,124664"; pn = "124626,124583"; // cached usernames pu = guestphrase; pu = "Mikey"; pu = "a2tall"; pu = "SurfboardsByRider"; pu = "LBCrew"; // -->
Apr 23, 2012, 04:13 PM #1
My old man found me a DeWalt power planer at a pawn shop the other day. I have shaped five boards using a sureform and sanding block, but never with a planer. Please give any advice you may have on using this tool, especially how to do the compound curves found in doing railbands.
I have a couple of old unsurfable boards in the garage that I can use for practice. Any advice is greatly appreciated!