Using a Wood Planer

What You'll Need
Safety Glasses
Heavy Work Gloves
Ear Plugs

Remember that a wood planer can come in several varieties. They are all used to create a smooth, flat surface on a piece of wood. They also will repair any imperfections by shaving off thin pieces one at a time. A person can use a handheld power planer, large power planers or hand planers. Remember to always protect yourself when using any of these planers, because of their sharp blades. Here is more on what to do when using a wood planer:

Step One - Taking Safety Precautions

First you will always take the time to make sure that you are well protected before doing any type of work with a blade. Be sure that you have placed your safety glasses over your eyes, and placed ear plugs in your ears. You must always protect your vision and hearing when taking on this assignment. Place the heavy work gloves over your hands to make sure that your fingers are protected. You don't want any mishaps when working with a sharp blade.

Step Two - Preparing Your Board

Next, you will affix your board with clamps or any device that will keep it steady on the workbench. By keeping it stable, you can push full-force against it while cutting. Take the time to check your blade in your wood planer. Make sure that it is sharp and clean. If you are using a dull blade, the cut will be pugged and will ruin your wood.

Step Three - Clearing Work Area Around The Wood Planer

Before you start the job, make sure that the wood planer is turned off, and clear your working area. Make sure that you have nothing in your work space except the job the the planer will tacke. After this, you can turn on the wood planer and begin the project. Also, be sure that you work with steady hands, and avoid any injuries.

Step Four - Using The Wood Planer

Remember that you are to hold the front knob with your leading hand, and be sure to rear the wood planer handle with the other hand. Be sure to push down into the wood, while guiding the plane forward in a long strike over the surface of the wood. Always use more strength with a heavier board and take care to watch that the cut is even. Your safety glasses will protect your eyes from any wood pieces, and the ear plugs will protect your hearing from the noise.

After this is done, you will then run the plane over the surface of the wood several times by using long strokes. This will ensure that the wood will be smooth, and have an even surface. You will finish the job by using sandpaper to smooth out any other imperfections. You now have completed your task, and are now ready to move onto other wood projects. Your wood planer can be very beneficial in helping you to complete other jobs. Remember that you can use your wood planer for any wood cutting jobs.