How Wood Thickness Planers work.
A wood thickness planer, also known as a thickness planer or a planer, is a woodworking tool that is used to create a smooth, even surface on a piece of wood by removing excess material. It consists of a bed, a cutting head, and feed rollers. The bed is a flat surface where the wood is placed and the cutting head is mounted above it. The cutting head contains a set of knives that rotate at high speeds and are used to shave off thin layers of wood as the wood is fed through the planer. The feed rollers are used to push the wood through the planer, ensuring that it is passed under the cutting head evenly.To use a wood thickness planer, you first need to set the desired thickness of the wood by adjusting the cutting head. Then, you place the wood on the bed of the planer and turn it on. As the wood is fed through the planer, the cutting head removes thin layers of wood until the desired thickness is reached. The shavings produced by the planer are collected in a chip bag or trough, which can then be disposed of or recycled.Wood thickness planers are useful for a variety of applications, including preparing rough-cut lumber for further processing, creating uniform thicknesses for woodworking projects, and smoothing out uneven surfaces on wood. They can be used on a variety of wood species, including hardwoods and softwoods.
Types of Wood Thickness Planers.
There are several types of wood thickness planers, including.Handheld planers: These are portable, lightweight tools that can be carried around and used on the job site. They are typically used for small projects and are not as powerful as other types of planers.Benchtop planers: These are larger, more powerful tools that are designed to be used on a workbench or table. They are typically used for larger projects and can handle thicker and harder woods.Stand-alone planers: These are the most powerful and heavy-duty wood thickness planers. They are designed to be used in a workshop or on a job site, and are often used for professional woodworking projects.Surface planers: These are also known as "jointer planers" and are used to create a smooth, flat surface on a piece of wood. They are typically used in conjunction with other woodworking tools, such as table saws and bandsaws.Drum planers: These are specialized tools that are used to remove very thin layers of wood from a surface, typically to create a smooth finish or to prepare the wood for veneering. Drum planers are often used in the manufacturing of furniture and other wood products.