Though a wood planer proves to be a handy tool for woodworks, it is not something that you can start working with right away. When planers are operated by inexperienced personnel, they result in tear outs, snipes and inclined planes on the board’s surface, all of which will only increase the work duration and at to the total cost of a project. Therefore, take the time to properly understand the operational aspects of this machine and practice what you have learned with unused boards in your workshop before you actually start using it for a new woodworking project. The tool like a hand planer might be dangerous unless you follow some safety precautions. hand plane setup, the WEN engineers did their best to make this hand planer as safe as possible. First of all, the tool is equipped with a trigger lock to prevent an accidental start of the motor. Secondly, the planer is fitted with a kickstand that raises the shoe above the machined surface, thereby saving it from damage by the blades. Keep in mind that hand planers are pretty loud, so we recommend using hearing protectors when working. Finally, don't forget to wear a respirator when handling chipboards or fibreboards.
Hand Planes: Unlocking the Mystery
So much of what I have been building this year involves using sheet goods and dimensioned lumber that the jointer gets used to put a straight edge on things as well as prep for glue ups etc, whereas the planer only gets used when I’m dimensioning stock or dealing with rough material. After the last cabinet I built, I made a committment to myself to stop working with sheet goods and focus on building furniture made from solid wood so my planer will definately see more use; however, its still so much more efficient to put a flat and square side on a piece of stock even if I’m going to turn to using hand planes that I doubt I’d ever stop using my jointer. If I was working at a leisurely pace and was retired or just doing it for the love of working with hand tools, I’d feel differently, but the guys I respect like Phil Lowe, Scott Philips, etc all agree that the power tools remove the grunt work so that they can spend more time doing the work by hand that will show. The single blade design is actually really nice. After changing blades several times and not having to worry about aligning two different blades it became apparent that this is an improvement on planer design in my opinion. I have read of people having problems with the blade cutting different depths on left and right sides of the plane. The only time I have noticed mine doing so was after changing blades and was easily corrected by removing dust and debris from the blade slot in the rotor which was keeping the blade from resting evenly across the blade channel or from me tightening the set screws fully on one side before the other, rather than snugging up each set screw until both are engaged with the blade before final tightening. I probably have abused my planer by using it to level 1000 square feet (300 square meters) of 60 year old red oak hardwood flooring which was cupped and warped but it has impressed me as the motor may have gotten somewhat hot but didn't make any magic smoke. I was keeping fresh blades in it and running it all day long but I wouldn't have been surprised at all to have burned up a tool with that project. It turned out to be faster than a flooring drum sander with 24 grit rolls and has paid for itself on one job. I was able to follow it up directly with 150 grit rolls for final sand with the sander in order to get out any slight ridges and finish the flooring much more quickly than I had first anticipated. I noticed the depth control was capable of getting deeper than several of the other planers in it's class and it is very easy to use and didn't twist out of it's setting during use on me. The dust collection works great even when a dust collection system isn't attached. The planer won't push everything into the bag but I don't believe any planer will collect everything. I would conservatively estimate this one will get about 95% into the bag. One thing I have been noticing about my tool collection is that the Bosch tools typically have the longest power cords. This tool has a very long pliable cord which I find to be a great feature. I am very conscious of ergonomics and had no complaints on this after using it for so many hours straight through. Although for my personal taste, very thin grips are the most comfortable, even with my medium to large hands, and play a large part of my tool purchasing choices. This tool doesn't have a particularly small handle but it is designed with good ergonomics.