A thickness planer is a woodworking machine used to trim boards to a consistent thickness. As stock is fed through the machine, cylindrical blades shave off a specified amount of material from the stock to achieve a flat finish.
The planer can be used to smooth/resurface the face of a piece of wood, reducing warping on a board (reduces twisting, warping, or tapering by shaving down all wood above a specified thickness), or to trim boards down to a consistent thickness and flatness across their length
The maximum stock dimensions our planer can accommodate is stock up to 6" tall and 13" wide. The minimum length for planeable stock is 10". Shorter pieces of wood may be planed at the discretion of Idea Shop staff by attaching the desired piece of wood on top of a longer sheet of wood with double sided tape before pushing it through the machine.
- "Real wood" only - No composites (MDF, plywood, melamine, etc.), foam, plastics, or other material allowed on the planer. WOOD ONLY!
- Maximum height: 6"
- Maximum width: 11"
- Smallest planeable thickness: .25"
Using the Planer
Ensure the stock you are about to plane meets the minimum dimensional requirements outlined above. Measure the thickest part of your stock.
On the planer, raise the locking arm. Use the handle to adjust the cutting height. Clockwise reduces height, counterclockwise raises the height. Adjust the planer cutting height to be at or just under the stock thickness. See image for details.