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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 03-28-2014 04:48 PM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably a stupid ? but – I managed to score a 3’ x 10’ pallet and the surface is 1×6. I managed to get all of the nails out but should I run them thru the planer will the nail residue left in the nail holes EAT my planer blades ?
If there’s even a chance of it I believe I can sand then to an adequate surface to finish for the project I have in mind.

Thanks in advance
recycle 1943

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 05:18 PM

Any metal left in there will hurt the planer, and possibly you.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 05:50 PM

Agree with nailbamger2, the residue is probably rust stains, but anything but wood will dull blades faster, and if solid materials, they can be hazardous. Even dirt on the outside of boards dragged across the ground will dull blades. Best to clean boards as much as possible,first.

PS: not a stupid question.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 05:51 PM

even a bit of grit will nick the blades, you just have to accept it as part of the recycle thing, do the best you can looking for dirt, embedded nails, gravel etc. and stand to the side, you shouldn’t stand in line with the boards anyway

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 06:02 PM

If you haven’t already done so, pass over the whole thing with a metal detector. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—Harbor Freight’s cheapest one, designed for patting people down, will work just fine. Once you’re sure there’s no metal left in the wood, well… go to town. If you really want to protect your planer/jointer blades, you could pressure wash the whole thing, let it dry, then get down to business. Or hit everything with a belt sander to remove dirt and flakes of rust (belts being cheaper than blades). Really, it’s up to you. I stop after the “make sure there’s no detectable metal” step, personally.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 06:56 PM

doggone planer blades are too expensive to try to save a few pennies on a couple pieces of wood – sooo, I can always resaw using my table saw. It doesn’t take much to get a flat surface and then start skimming the face a 64th or so. may take a few passes but I’ve got a LOT more time than I do money -

Thanks again for the input

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 12:32 AM

Smart move Dick. I don’t put anything but clean new wood in my planer. I do use sawmill lumber and have found stuff in it. Shot from a shotgun shell that was shot into the tree then grown over. Lead did not seem to hurt the blades. But be careful with the table saw anyway and do use a magnet around the holes just to be sure. Good luck.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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