I have always understood that planer snipe is caused because the board
being planed is not held down flat for its length while going thru the
I thought that by providing a longer bed board I could eliminate the
snipe, so I bought a 4' long piece of 3/4" MDF to act as a bed. I still
Any comments or suggestions?
A longer outfeed table, if it's precisely aligned will help, but a lot of snipe
is caused by head movement on small planers. Does your planer have a head lock?
Are you using it consistently?
Line up your new outfeed table and lock the head and see if that helps.
Failing that, doing a hands-on slight lift of the output end of the board may
also help. Remember "slight."
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Rather than fight with aligning an outfeed table, just run a long
piece of ply/MDF/whatever(*) all the way thru, making the infeed
and outfeed all one piece. You loose 3/4 inch or whatever of
thickness capability, but how often do you need all 6" that the
typical planer gives you anyway?
(* ply coated with laminate to make it nice & slippery would
be my choice...)
On Wed, 3 Dec 2003 17:16:10 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
You beat me to it, I was about to suggest the same thing. I use a
piece of 12" melamine shelving and it works great. Snipe is pretty
much a thing of the past.
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I have a DeWalt 733 planer and have found the best way to avoid snipe is
neither difficult nor expensive. If I hold up on the piece as it exits the
planer I get no snipe. No jigs, etc, just a little up pressure and the
board comes out clean and smooth.
There is also the old trick of leading and trailing with a scape of
wood about the same thickness. I keep some 6" by 6" by different
thickness scapes near the planner for this pupose. I found that
something close to the thickness works fine to get the rollers about
to the right place minimizing snipe.
I think the board is held down most when it is under the infeed roller
and the outfeed roller. (exit snipe related to infeed roller and v.v.)
It certainly bugged me on my 733. Now I have a 15 inch delta and no
snipe at all. Bet rollers adjusted to .002 inch. If I don't tighten the
planer, then I get a little bit. No snipe is nice. If only there was an
adjustment for the downward force of the feed rollers on a 733. Or any
benchtop. My 733 delivered good snip on entry and exit and there was no
holding the board ends up enough. But that 's just me.
In addition to the other suggestions - what does the other face of the board
look like? I had a problem with snipe that I couldn't get rid of. Tried
every trick and adjustment I could find. Finally I put a long straight edge
to the jointed face and noticed a slight dip at the end.(I'd been eyeballing
it but my eyes arn't so great anymore). Adjusted the jointer and the planer
snipe went away.
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