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Forum topic by ScottM posted 10-24-2018 02:11 PM 964 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ScottM

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10-24-2018 02:11 PM

I just came across, what I think, is a pretty neat tool. It’s called the StewMac Safe-T-Planer. Here's a link to the site.

Looks like it was designed for Luthier work but I think it would be handy for just sizing anything too small for a planer or jointer.

Has anyone tried this yet?


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 02:20 PM

COOL TOOL :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 10-24-2018 02:24 PM

no but i might,i agree it could come in handy for small parts.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 10-24-2018 02:29 PM

Got a couple of them. Lots you can do with them. Great video to show some of it’s capabilities.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 10-24-2018 02:39 PM



Got a couple of them. Lots you can do with them. Great video to show some of it s capabilities.

- Gene Howe


since you have a couple you going to pass them out Gene ? I will send you my address LOL :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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EarlS

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#5 posted 10-24-2018 02:39 PM

Certainly would be a good option for short or thin pieces that don’t work in a planer. I can think of lots of uses for it. Thanks for the info.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 10-24-2018 03:19 PM

Bear in mind that a drill press is not designed to take side loading, only axial. This is basically a flycutter or face mill that’s made to be chucked in a jacobs chuck. There is a reason you can’t effectively turn wood or mill stuff with a drill press though. First, your chuck is held in the quill with a tapered shaft. Side loading a tapered shaft fit with nothing drawing it axially is gonna make it fall out. Second, if you use something like this regularly, it’ll introduce runout in your drill press and eventually wear your bearings out.

Now all that said, I’m NOT saying this is a stupid idea! Taking light cuts and occasional use will most likely never produce any noticable ill-effects on your machine. Just wanted to point out that there are limitations and issues to bear in mind :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 10-24-2018 03:19 PM

I bought one at Leichtung Workshop back in the early 80’s. I may have used it once or twice over the years. It works, but scared the bejeezes out of me.

-- Sawdust Maker

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ScottM

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#8 posted 10-24-2018 03:27 PM



I bought one at Leichtung Workshop back in the early 80 s. I may have used it once or twice over the years. It works, but scared the bejeezes out of me.

- LittleShaver

Yeah, it does sort of remind me of the “fly cutters”. Those are scary too!!

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John Smith

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#9 posted 10-24-2018 04:27 PM

I have the 1970’s era Wagner Safe-T- Planer.
I use it in the drill press and it works as it should with no issues.
good thing about this tool is that if it grabs a finger,
the damage is not as severe as touching a spinning router bit or fly cutter.
I also have a few fly cutters – I guess I live closer to the edge than most people.

my first few tries with the Safety Planer were also a bit scary – but- I found that if
you don’t cut the wood to the finished size first, keeping a long tail to work with,
it is much, much safer. then, cut to size after the desired thickness has been achieved.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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fivecodys

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#10 posted 10-24-2018 04:46 PM


I bought one at Leichtung Workshop back in the early 80 s. I may have used it once or twice over the years. It works, but scared the bejeezes out of me.

- LittleShaver

Yeah, it does sort of remind me of the “fly cutters”. Those are scary too!!

- ScottM

I thought the same thing as well. I have one of those “Knuckle Busting” circle cutter and that thing scares me to death. I have only used it once.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 10-24-2018 05:11 PM

Had one, didn’t like it at all, sold to a fellow lumberjocka couple of years ago!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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WoodenDreams

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#12 posted 10-24-2018 06:06 PM

I don’t like to use a drill press as a spindle sander or a router alternative. But I can see the applications. $55 doesn’t seem to be a bad price. If you got one, how often would you use it though? I like the simple drill press table, with his swinging fence in the video link.

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pottz

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#13 posted 10-24-2018 06:16 PM

well after everyones feedback i think ill put this idea back in the box-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 10-24-2018 07:10 PM


Bear in mind that a drill press is not designed to take side loading, only axial. This is basically a flycutter or face mill that s made to be chucked in a jacobs chuck.

- HokieKen

Yes, but if you own a milling machine, this might be handy for working pieces that are too short to go through the planer. For the price, I’ll definitely have to consider. It’d be much faster than facing off a piece of wood with multiple passes of a 3/4in end mill (which I have done)

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#15 posted 10-24-2018 09:32 PM



I have the 1970 s era Wagner Safe-T- Planer.
I use it in the drill press and it works as it should with no issues.
good thing about this tool is that if it grabs a finger,
the damage is not as severe as touching a spinning router bit or fly cutter.
I also have a few fly cutters – I guess I live closer to the edge than most people.

...
- John Smith

Something about the phrase ‘good thing’ in this context seems a bit off. But I can’t put my finger on it…..;)

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