What are planers used for?
A planer can be used to cut any wooden board down to the custom size of your choice. This is an important first step of any shop project, giving you a consistently sized clean slate to work with. New cordless planers are not only portable, but they whittle down boards to a uniform size. These types of machines are designed to shave the wood one layer at a time, by running it through a cutter drum and flattening out any jagged splinters.
Planers are available in a range of sizes and styles, from cheap electric planers to sleek, industrial-sized models. To work a planer, you can set the depth of the cut before switching on your tool to give you accurate, uniform results. There’s a variety of different styles to choose from. Some planers are handheld, while others offer a planning platform that you can run the board through. In both cases, a cutter drum uses quickly spinning blades to strip away the unwanted wood. This leaves you with a thinner board that’s been cut to order.
Using a planer allows you to transform virtually any scrap of wood into the size you want, which can help you save money on lumber. Do you love upcycling projects? With a planer, you can reclaim old wood by flattening it down. In addition to its use as a preparatory tool, you can also fine-tune your planer’s functions to do tasks like bevel door edges. This makes it a versatile addition to any workshop.