How to Create a Bevel with a Power Planer

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  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-200
What You'll Need
Wood
Power planer
Vice or clamp
Safety glasses
Safety gloves
What You'll Need
Wood
Power planer
Vice or clamp
Safety glasses
Safety gloves

If you want a smooth finish to your woodworking project, try using your power planer to make beveled corners. Using a power planer for this purpose is not very difficult, and you should be able to manage it easily without having to rely upon any specialist beveling tools. When you are working with these kinds of tools, practice with some off-cuts of wood in order to ensure you get the hang of using the machine before you put your woodworking project against the cutting tool.

Step 1 - Be Prepared

Before you start out on your project, make sure you are securely dressed and wearing the right kind of safety equipment. Wear safety glasses, to protect you from dust, and a pair of safety gloves to protect your hands. Your clothes should be well-fitting, without long sleeves, and an apron is a good idea to protect them from wood chips or dust. Also read the manual thoroughly before you begin.

Step 2 - Secure the Wood

clamped wood

When you are ready, secure the piece of wood you want to bevel in a clamp or vise, with the end to be worked on facing towards you. The wood needs to be held tightly in place, as any wrong move could damage the project. If necessary, secure the wood by placing two offcuts between the project and the clamp.

Step 3 - Make the First Cut

Next, pick up the power planer. The machine should be plugged in and ready for use, and you should hold it firmly in both ends. Move the planer towards the wood, not the other way around, and keep your hands well away from the cutting edge of the tool. Start with one edge of the wood, and move it in one direction to your chosen point. Lift the power planer from the wood, and return to the starting point.

Step 4 - Make More Cuts

clamped wood

You can now start to round the edge by repeating the movement from Step 3. The cuts should all be in the same direction, and each cut should be in one constant movement. Don't stop and start when you are making the bevel. Make four or five passes, until you have the right depth of beveling.

Step 5 - Finish

Move the power planer backwards and forwards along the edge of the wood. Rock it up and down as you move from left to right, to give a smoother surface to your wood. Repeat this until you have a single rounded edge. Then wipe down your wood with a cloth or paper towel, in order to remove any dust. Repeat this process for all of the edges you want to bevel. When you have finished, turn off the power planer and unplug it from the electrical socket.