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Not stupid as in good, but stupid in the traditional meaning.

I have a bunch of 2×2x1 pieces of poplar that I want to use to make Christmas ornaments. 1 inch thick is a little big so I was going to rip them into ½ inch thick pieces. Now . . . to eliminate the BS waves and thin the pieces a little more I could

1) use a sander and make lots of dust or
2) take some 2 sided tape and tape all the pieces to a flat piece of board and run it through my planer a couple of times.

My gut is telling me that option 1 is the better (and safer) option, however option 2 does seem tempting and much quicker.

Is my gut right in telling me option 2 is a really stupid option?
 

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Maybe you could resaw on a tablesaw? 2 inches tall should not be a problem. You should end up with 7/16 inch thick boards, assuming a 1/8 inch blade.

That might be another stupid idea, but with a jig to hold small pieces, it might work.
 

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The distance between the planer infeed roller, cutterhead, and outfeed roller is probably more than 2". Double sided tape alone is not going to hold that little square down when the knife hits it. May end up having that piece kicked around inside your planer. I'd just sand it after resawing.
 

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I'm going with option 1, and possibly double stick tape to hold the pieces while you sand them. Option 2 scares the daylights out of me (and I'm really afraid of the dark).
 

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That tape will gum up your planer and could be very dangerous (not to mention possibly destroying your planning knives or cutter)....I think everyone agrees on that…..I have the forrest WW II in my table saw and after ripping…I hardly need to sand….I would say…put them through the TS and wallah….maybe a quick hand sanding…..I only use the band saw on thicker stock (over the size of the blade) or for cutting very thin material…..
 

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LOL . . . grenade launcher. I can see it now . . . square wooden hockey pucks flying all over the shop, taking out the lights one by one, knocking everything off the shelves with me huddling behind the bench. Really stupid idea.

I forgot about my Dosuki. I'll give that a try and then the TS jig idea.

I think from now on I'm gonna leave my stupid ideas for work. :)

Tks guys
 

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Expanding on my some what cryptic post above, rip them with the bandsaw and use the handplane to remove the waves… Skarp has a good suggestion that would get consistent sized pieces.
 

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I think you should carve little angels on them and post them on lumberjocks in the project section …that's my vote! what-da-ya-say? Zuki !!! <grin>
 

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(3) Use longer wood that won't be dangerous to work with and then cut to the length you need. It could make the hollidays more enjoyable. I have a rule, if I wonder if its safe to do then its not.
 

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I don't know the correct answer, but I know from experience that a little chunk of wood loose inside you planer is a bad thing. I'm actually on my second planer now because of a loose piece of 3/4" x 3/4" x 2" hard maple. No, it wasn't loose to start with, but when the knives hit it, all bets are off.
 

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Lot's of good answers. Personally, I'm not sure saving the scraps you have is worth it--both in time and potential danger, which you've heard already. Poplar is not that expensive. so I would rip long pieces on the table saw, resaw on the bandsaw, then plane.
Other wise, follow spud72's advice.
The hand plane idea is great if you really want to use your scraps. Not as fast but a great way to go. Much safer, and fun too!
 
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