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by Vladimir Simendic
posted 01-21-2017 12:57 PM

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#1 posted 01-21-2017 01:05 PM

Looks like you were feeding it through the planer against the flow of the grain. Tear out like this happens on woods like Khaya or Mahogany if not fed properly. Also, if you plane wood like this with a hand plane, it’s best do to so with the blade set at a hight angle, otherwise, you’ll have tear out like this.

Your best bet is to run it back through your planer in the opposite direction and try not to take so much off at once. Also, check the sharpness of your planer blades. If they are dull, that will only exacerbate the problem.

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#2 posted 01-21-2017 01:28 PM

what UncannyValleyWoods ,said is probable it , sometimes its hard to read the grain , try it going the other way if not that then the blades are dull , if its a 12 inch planer they have to be feed only small bite at a time

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#3 posted 01-21-2017 02:02 PM

Khaya has ribbon figure caused by grain reversal. It is difficult to plane, very light passes with sharp planer knives and finish it up with a card scraper and sandpaper.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 01-21-2017 02:24 PM

I agree with light passes and changing the direction of how you planning it and dampen it with a wet sponge first , many times that will help tame tear out. Another approach is if you can find someone with a spiral head planner because it has many small blades it’s much less lightly to have serious tear out.


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#5 posted 01-21-2017 03:55 PM

or maybe a drum sander or a wide belt might work well for you ........... the guy near my house charges me $1.00 per min. ....... GOOD LUCK TO YOU :<))

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#6 posted 01-21-2017 04:52 PM

I was a take light passes guy myself, until I watched a Glen Huey video where he said that, while counterintuitive, making deeper cuts reduces tear-out. I tried it, and found it to be true for me in every case. It also saves me quite a few passes, and since some of my work involves planing 8/4 lumber down to 1-3/8 inch, that’s a lot of time saved.

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Vladimir Simendic

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#7 posted 01-21-2017 09:57 PM

I’m using Makita 2012 planer ,and I think that blades are still good.Don’t know how to decide are they dull or not,but I can say that I don’t see any kind of damage on wood when I’m using it. I’ve made just a few cutting boards and my bench,basically planer is less then a year old.
I tried to take less when I put it trough planer,but rips are coming out randomly never at the same spots.What I didn’t try is what you advise me,to let it in opposite direction. In case it doesn’t help I have new set of blades,hopefully that might help.
At the end, if nothing work,there is some furniture company at city,I heard they have drum sender and that will be final solution :(

-- Vladimir , Serbia/Finland ,

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