Planer Class


4 Lessons

75 Enrolled


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The wood planer is an advanced woodworking tool that mills wood stock to a uniform thickness. When used together with the jointer, the planer can covert rough lumber into dimensioned boards. These lessons cover the operation of the Martin Surface Planer T45 but the information is applicable to most wood planers.

This class is a part of a greater course series covering Advanced Wood Shop safety and basic use. These classes will prepare you for any fine woodworking project and give you the skills to dimension all solid wood stock.

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Lesson 1: Getting Started With the Planer

The planer converts rough-sawn lumber into usable boards. This lesson goes over the anatomy of the wood planer, as well as basic safety and best practices.

Lesson 2: Preparing the Planer

Use the planer together with the jointer to make a smooth, square piece.

Lesson 3: Setting a Cut Depth

Learn how to use the readout to mill your boards down to a desired thickness.

Lesson 4: Operating the Planer

How to run the machine and a few more tips and tricks to get you the best results on the planer. This lesson also includes a free PDF download of this class to use in your shop.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!