I'm looking for a planer. But I want to plane pvc foam (divinicel) and end grain balsa for composite sandwich work. Any recommendations on a model old or new?
Now also I am wanting to design a jig that will allow me to plane the pieces so that the thickness is variable, going for example, from 3/4" at one end to about 1/2" at the other over a 40" length or so, or even 1/2" to 3/16" over the length of the piece. Maybe even as thin as 1/16" at one end.
So I thought it might be best to ask wood workers that use thickness planers all the time. I asked on a composites forum but no one was thickness planning their cores.
I sort of have a thought that maybe the jig should incorporate a vacuum to hold the foam down. I'm not sure if the lightness of the foam/balsa would be a problem in planning or if the planer itself can hold light pieces down.