Planer spit my board back at me

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Blog entry by ScottinVa posted 04-12-2017 05:04 PM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t want to be the last woodworker on earth to make an end-grain board. Thought a couple very, very, light passes through the planer with the shelix head would be the perfect way to clean and level the top. :(

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 05:09 PM

That looks like a little bit more than a light pass. LOL

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 05:19 PM

I know that’s a dangerous thing to do with straight knives, but I thought a Shelix could handle it.
I suppose there are a lot of factors like size of the board, wood type, grain direction etc.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 06:19 PM

I think you can salvage that….Looks like you have enough wood left to clean it up….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 06:23 PM

Glue boards on to the front and rear edges. Then lead with that edge into the planer. A much lighter cut than it looks like you tried to make.

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 06:25 PM

When I say very light cut I meant it – less than a 1/4 turn on the dial from no contact pass through to this. Yes – plenty to save. Not sure I’m willing to try another pass. May be buying a belt sander.

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 06:46 PM

1/4 turn? When I did them years ago on a Dewalt 735 I barely moved the handle from cut to cut, I mean barely. 1/4 turn would seem to be way too much…but your machine may be way different?

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 06:47 PM

Never put endgrain through a planer. That’s my take on it. Light pass or not. The planer is made for side grain. Use a drum sander with 36 grit paper then work your way down the list of grits. Much safer.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 07:45 PM

Thank you for the lesson learned. Maybe you can save the cutting board.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 04-13-2017 01:00 AM

Are the blades old or dull ? I had same problem and changed my blades and it worked as it should..

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#10 posted 04-13-2017 01:43 AM

Add sacrificial boards front & back (at least 1.5” thick). Light cuts mean extremely light – 1/20th of a turn. Extra safe – add sacrificial boards to the sides as well.

Or build a leveling sled for a router… or use a drum sander

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 04-13-2017 01:49 AM

I’m now thinking of using a wide, straight bit on the router table. I haven’t seen that talked about, just the sled, but I do not want to build a sled presently because of the time, expense and (most importantly) space it will occupy.

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#12 posted 04-13-2017 03:44 AM

My latest end grain boards were leveled with a router and sled. Took a while to make sure the board was set up in the sled right, but I preferred it to the planer.

As to size, my sled has two side rails and the cradle for the router. Set up takes a little longer (the sides clamp to the table) but it takes up very little space.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 04-13-2017 04:01 AM

You know the old saying, ”spit happens”!
I have never made an end grain cutting board much less running one through a planer; you have given me a heads up!
You CB is not a total loss.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 04-13-2017 07:12 AM

Been there done that

As with pintodeluxe I would have thought a sprial cutter could handle it.

You can however do end grain thicknessing but care is needed check out MTMs YouTube demonstration.
Otherwise good advice from sawdustonmyshoulder, just watch the fingers with 36 Grit!!

Looks like it will be a nice looking cutting board when finished! Keep at it!!

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 04-13-2017 01:01 PM

FYI, I didn’t walk by a drum sander to get to my planer.

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