Plan wood with a hand planer

How do you flatten a board with a hand planer? If you're wondering how to do it, you've come to the right place. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can get started on your next project. Whether a beginner or an experienced woodworker, this method will give great results.

Choosing the right planer

There are different types of planners. The main thing that distinguishes them is their size. Longer planers are better for leveling trees because they even out all the uneven saw cuts and protruding parts on the surface of the tree. Short planers are easier to use for more accurate, precise work.

The blade is the most important thing to consider when selecting a hand planer. The blade is the part of the tool that does the work of shaving off the wood. There are two main types of blades: straight and spiral. Straight blades are better for general purpose use, while spiral blades are better for finishing work. In addition, spiral blades leave a smoother surface and are less likely to tear the wood.

The handle is important because it determines how easy the tool is to control. Some handles are made of wood, while others are made of metal or plastic. The material used for the handle is not as important as the design. The best handles are ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand.

Sharpen the blade of the planer

Before you use the blade on your planer, it is essential to sharpen it. You can do this by placing a piece of 220 grit sandpaper on a flat surface. Hold the blade at a 25-30 degree angle and rub it against the sandpaper in a circular motion. Apply pressure to the blade while doing this. Once the blade has chips on its sides, it is ready to be used. Next, run the other side of the blade over the sandpaper to remove any metal shavings.

Adjusting blade angle

When you plan, the angle of the blade will determine how "thick" the chips will be, which you will remove from the surface of the tree. If the angle is too large, you may be left with a stuck planer or damaged woodcuts. To adjust the blade angle, turn the angle adjustment wheel. It is a small wheel that is located immediately behind the blade. Adjust the angle of the blade until the tip protrudes slightly from the bottom of the planer. A good tactic is to start with a slight angle and, if necessary, gradually increase it.

Planning a wooden surface

Start by leveling and smoothing the wood surface. You can do this by placing the planer on the edge of the surface to be treated. While pushing down on the front handle, push the rear handle forward and slide the planer over the work surface in a long, smooth motion. Sweep the planer methodically across the surface, paying particular attention to bumps and irregularities in the surface of the wood. You can define these irregularities with a level or ruler.

Planning along the grain of the wood

When planning along the grain of wood, it is essential to use a light touch. It prevents the blade from digging into the wood and causing damage. Instead of pushing down on the handles, let the tool's weight do the work. The goal is to remove only a small amount of wood with each pass.

Monitoring work accuracy

Ideally, after you have planned the wood, you should have a smooth surface that is even and fits snugly against any other piece of wood. Place a ruler on the surface and check how even and smooth it is. The ruler should fit snugly against the tree, no matter where you put it. If in any of the places the ruler moves away from the surface and a gap appears between them, you immediately understand that in some areas, the ruler lies in a convex place.

Final considerations

When you have finished your work, it is important to clean the planner. First, remove any wood chips or debris from the blades and body of the tool. Next, wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth. Be sure to unplug the planer before cleaning it. Once clean, store the planer in a dry, safe place.