bought the new dewalt planer this week and was impressed last night on how
well it sized some 5/4 maple and walnut with virtually no snipe. So today I
was going to plane some walnut strips down to 1/4"x1"x14" finished product.
I'm feeding the strips though and they keep coming out with a severe snipe
about 2" from trailing end. So I started playing with it at the expense of
$4/bf material and found that when I fed 3 strips through at a time sniped
was drastically reduced but still present. When I fed 3 strips through and
fed the next three before the first exited no more snipe. HOWEVER, at 14"
you gotta run back and forth and look rather silly not to mention probably
not the safest thing to do on an expoxied garage floor with sawdust.
I've used this trick for many years. It works great. I also learned
the trick about very slightly raising the last board as it comes out
of the planer. Position your planer so that the boards are waist to
chest high to make feeding and unloading easier. Planers need a DC,
for super clean surfaces and safety. I think my planer is the noisest
machine in the shop, ever since the router was placed in the router
Impressive. Not the planer, but the epoxy on the garage floor. If it is
slippery when wet I found that as it is drying, throw up some silica
sand in the air so it just settles on top. It dries stuck in and is
easy to distribute for an even overall effect. If you mix the sand in,
then it gets encapsulated and won't be exposed, preventing
hydroplanning. I guess it could work for normal painted floors too. It
will be awhile before you need to recoat your floor.
About the planer. This is what I was most curious about. Does it really
give smother results than others? Sorry about the snipe. That should not
happen. Perhaps the 736 when it comes out......
I can't speak for other planers except an industrial size sucker that was in
the door shop my father ran when I was younger but this little machine has
impressed me. I can see very little difference between the finish of the
two speeds. I was getting an occasional chatter on the face grain of hard
maple at the fast speed so I slowed it down...figured out grain orientation
was the cause , flipped it and sped it up again.. no chatter. I like it.
Somebody call OSHA QUICK! We have a safety problem that MIGHT be a
problem although it might not NOT be a problem but OSHO is like our
father-they care deeply and only want the best for us so they will
send someone out right away at thousands of taxpayers money to find
out it is not a business but an individual but that is irrelevant.
Man that's a bummer. For real though, in the 70's, they issued a
proclamation to dairy farmers advising them to always carry a shovel
and scoop and scoop up that slippery stuff that just appeared in the
barnyard. Need I say more? Wanna know my opinion of OSHA? I was a
On Mon, 27 Oct 2003 23:13:17 GMT, "mel"
You should be able to get sharp sand at a gardening centre.
If you want to spend more, sharp sand for floor finishes
is sold at your local Borg next to the floor paint. It only
takes a couple of $ worth of Borg stuff to do a room.
Be extremely careful about throwing silica sand around. This stuff can
destroy your lungs in no time, and they will not recover. Dust masks
are useless, you must wear a respirator and filters designed for
silica dust. The benefits of silica sand is that it is very fine, but
it is also very dangerous to breathe.
You won't notice the splinters in the ladder of success,
unless you are sliding down.
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