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"I want a benchtop planer"

I need it to handle 12 inch boards at max. Delta, Dewalt or Makita. Not a fan of Bosch or Black and Decker. I'm looking for first-hand recommendations from owners of these models. Thanks.

wanted by: HandyAndy (76) in Great Falls, MT 59404 +
updated on: May 31, 2011, 6:33 p.m. (8 years, 2 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 5, 2011, 11:36 p.m. (8 years, 7 months ago)
tags: home improvement planer power tools shop tools woodworking
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My Benchtop Planer Recommendation and Review with Video

For years, I've been a loyal Delta Woodworking supporter and fan. It first started with Delta's sponsorship of my all time favorite show in television history: Norm Abrams The New Yankee Workshop. I watched this show so much as my daughter was growing up that she called him "Uncle Norm".

So, with that background, you'll understand why I bought and use the DELTA ShopMaster TP305 for my light-duty planing tasks. The Delta can probably be classified as a entry-level planer, considering the low price and lack of high-end features like multiple speed settings.

I recently determined that I needed a heavier duty, more professional model and got the excellent Makita 2012NB.

I love the powerful 15 amp motor, how quiet it is compared to my Delta and that I can avoid snipe on almost all passes through the planer. Unfortunately, this Makita video review is in Spanish, but you can still see many of the adjustments and operation of the Makita 2012NB.

But don't just take my work for it, it has an unassailable reputation as a durable, hard working, excellent professional planer.
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Make your own power thickness planer

Check out this ingenious homemade thickness planer.

Unfortunately, the explanation is in Hebrew, but it seems to be a pretty simple device which mounts a standard and low cost belt sander above a table. You turn on the belt sander and simply push the block of wood through.

This isn't going to work for anything wider than the width of the belt sander, but it would do a pretty good job on small pieces like frame sides.

Everyone who has a shop has a belt sander lying around doing nothing, with a couple hours of jig making, you can have a mini benchtop planer.
comment Great find, Erastus! My belt sander sits idle for 99% of the year. I bet if I mounted it a jig like this I'd use it 10 times more than I currently do. - mitch 8 years, 2 months ago
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What is a Benchtop Planer Used For?

When you need to smooth boards or mill them to a precise thickness, nothing beats having a planer in the shop. You used to only find planers at millwork or cabinet shops. Now you can buy an decent low to mid-range bench-top planer for between $275 to $400 at a home centers or tool retailers.

If you do any woodworking, deck building or home remodeling, you will not regret the investment in a thinkness planer. As you gain experience using the tool, you will learn how to deal with the common problem of tearout, snipe and ridges and develop techniques for special projects.

Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to use a bench-top planer from The Family Handyman.

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