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Kurt T. Kneller

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04-28-2017 12:09 AM

I am currently making a moxon vise and starting off with 8/4 hard maple.
In milling the first board to rough thickness I have had to use a planer sled since the board was to wide at this time for my 6” jointer. The sled was 3/4” melmine, used hot glued blocks and shims to stabilize the board.

When I first started using this planer there was very little snipe if at all. Over time I have noticed more snipe. I have used sacrificial boards, extra length for trimming as methods in alleviate snipe. The sacrificial boards work well as long as the material thickness is close. I came across this article by By Dan Barber ( and gave it try. I have raised the outer most table edges 1/8” above the main table to help minimize snipe per the article. I saw no improvement by doing that.

First question: What are your methods of minimizing snipe?

Second question: The other issue, which i have never seen with this planer before, is a series a ripples down the length of the board on the first face planed (while on sled). I am thinking that with the tables adjusted high the main deck there must have been some flexing caused by the pressure rollers in the sled and board. I can’t imagine there would be enough pressure to flex the 3/4” melamine and 8/4 maple. The second face planed (without the sled) had no ripples. The knives are new, sharp and indexed by the cutter head and the planer is grate shape. Does this make sense? Any Ideas?


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