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#1 posted 10-06-2018 03:47 PM

The first picture looks like some chip out. You can try feeding the board with the other end in first…the grain should “rise” to the back end of the board. You can also try taking a shallower cut. You should probably consider 1/16” about maximum for a cut with a portable planer. I would probably try 1/32” if a board is giving me a problem like that. You can also try to slightly wet the board with a damp cloth … let it sit for a couple of minutes after you do this. On some woods this is unavoidable … that’s why some planers have the new helical heads and why some people insist on using hand planes :)

The other picture shows snipe. Take shallow cuts and make sure that you lock your head (if your planer has a head lock). Also hold the board up slightly when feeding into the planer and do the same toward the end of board after has passed through the planer. The easiest way it just to make your board a few inches too long and cut off the snipe.

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