On a different tangent, the last time my dad was down here for a visit
he told me how he trued up the tablesaw arbor flange:
Squared the miter slots and blade. made a double track jig for his
router with high speed diamond cutter (thank you Bell and Gosset).
Turned the saw on with no blade, then the router and feed on a screw
feed to the flange.
My dad was a patternmaker in the Chicago area, he did job shops but
ended up at IH R&D pattern shop which became JI Case.
I have a Unisaw, bandsaw, couple of benches. I have used that Unisaw
since I was ten, it has shot a few things at me but never cut me
(furious beating sound).
It good for construction work (ie smoothing cuts for window sills)
beveling a door, but use it somewhere that is easy to clean makes a
lot of small chips fast. Snipe can be a problem at the end of a run
I don't have (or want) a jointer. I buy rough lumber. I get joint quality
cuts from my table saw but, the problem is to get that first strait edge. A
power hand plane takes it down quickly and a couple strokes of a hand plane
afterward makes it strait. Same goes for flattening a face before planing.
The power planer does it quickly.
I picked up one of these in a box lot of items from an auction a few years ago.
I've used it for
two things - planing doors and planing flat spots on bowl blanks for mounting on
the lathe. If you
now buy a lathe, your power planer is a multifunctional tool.
BTW, I soon gave up on using it to prep bowl blanks. Rather than hunt until I
find the portable
planer, I just stick the blank on between centers and square up the ends on the
lathe for faceplate
or chuck. (But don't read this second paragraph until you have the lathe.)
While this isn't wood working, it can be used for shaping foam. I
don't have an electric hand planer or work with foam, but I saw
this being done in the Dirty Jobs episode "Sludge Cleaner" where
custom surf boards were being made. Another interesting thing in
that same segment was how the surf board shop had their lighting
set-up, when planing the foam blanks, so the light would shine from
the side and across the foam. This made it easier to find and see
the spots that needed to be tweaked. That same concept seems like
it would come in handy when doing finishing work on wood.
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I have an electric hand planer. I seldom use it. I have use it to
flatten my work bench, to create a flat side of a log, outdoor
projects. It is good for large pieces that can not be lifted onto a
jointer. A large hand plane is a preferred tool, and much quieter.
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