How to Operate an Electric Planer

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What You'll Need
Electric planer

An electric planer is a great tool that will take extra wood off your project. It helps to even out any boards that may have a little too much wood on them. Instead of using sandpaper or wasting time with a sander, the planer will quickly and efficiently do the job for you. Once you have the electric planer, follow the simple steps below to use it safely and effectively.

Step 1 - Clamp Wood

To begin, clamp down your wood. The electric planer is an aggressive power tool, so you will need to hold on to it with both hands. You have to keep the electric planer moving continuously forward so that it is not cutting in one spot for too long. You might accidentally take off more wood than necessary.

Step 2 - Use the Electric Planer

Once the wood is clamped down, begin by pushing firmly down on the electric planer. Pushing down on it helps to clear out the waste that has built up in the planer. The planer comes equipped with a cut control knob that will keep you from cutting too deeply into the wood. It is still possible to remove more wood then you intend to from your project, so you still need to be careful.

Step 3 - Place Hands

You need to have your hands on the electric planer in a certain way. First, put one hand on the knob positioned on the top front handle of the electric planer. Your other hand will go on the back handle. When operating the electric planer, be sure you are using both hands to ensure that you are making cuts properly.

Step 4 – Hold the Electric Planer

Place the electric planer against the wood and hold it very tightly. Use the side fence and the soleplate square, which are located on all planer models. The side fence or plate is also a guide for the plane.

Step 5 – Finish Up

Always make sure that the cord is out of your way. You don’t want to go over it with the planer.

Take care to keep your hands out of the way of the blades. When you are finished, make sure the blades have stopped running completely before setting the planer down.