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    Planer Problem

    I have a 12" Delta Planer I bought a few years back. Haven't used it in a long while. I'm trying to smooth some 8 X10 wood I'm going to use for a plaque. My problem is I always get a depression in the wood about 2" from the end every time I try it. The rest of the board comes out smooth.

    What can I do to eliminate this problem.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Jim

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    Jim this is a common problem refered to as snipe. It is caused by the wood not being properly secured on the in feed and out feed sides. If you can try supporting the board with some sort of a in feed table and out feed table, you'll have to play around but the table need to be slightly higher then the planer bed, I can tell you how much higher cause it varies with the planer. Mine is 1/32" but others need more.
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    [QUOTE=Jim Sparks;287253 My problem is I always get a depression in the wood about 2" from the end every time I try it. The rest of the board comes out smooth.
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    Jim,

    Two inches from the trailing end? If so, it means that as the end of the board gets past the forward roller, it's falling a little bit towards the heavy side. Two solutions:

    Support the outfeed end with a roller stand so that the "nose" of the board doesn't drop. If the board is four feet long, the stand should be placed at least two feet from the planer blades.

    or

    You can achieve the same effect manually. Stand at the outfeed side of the planer, and as the board is nearly finished, apply *gentle* pressure upwards at the nose end of the board.

    Don't ask me how I know how to do this...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    The "snipe is not occuring at the trailing end of the board. It is occuring about 2" from the front end of the board.

    Jim

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    Got a picture Jim?

    Some times I get what I can only call a 'divot' towards the end of the board if I drop the end when one of of the board isn't in contact with the rollers.

    The same basic process Bill described helps me to not get the problem. I usually only get though when I'm running long heavy boards through he planer.
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    Jim I lift the ends of the boards when feeding and taking out of the planer as snipe can and does happen at both ends. Doing that I rarely have snipe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Sparks View Post
    I have a 12" Delta Planer I bought a few years back. Haven't used it in a long while. I'm trying to smooth some 8 X10 wood I'm going to use for a plaque. My problem is I always get a depression in the wood about 2" from the end every time I try it. The rest of the board comes out smooth.

    What can I do to eliminate this problem.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Jim
    Check this out.

    http://www.woodcentral.com/bparticles/planer_setup.pdf
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    Jim, I have the low-end Delta 12" planer, and I've tried every trick in the book but still haven't found a way to eliminate the snipe completely. I've gotten to the point where I just plan on cutting the boards 5" to 6" longer than I need, then trim the snipe off after planing. I hate wasting the wood, but so far it's the only 100% solution I've found with my planer. I've read of others who have apparently gotten gotten rid of the snipe problem when using this planer, but so far, I haven't been able to crack that nut myself.
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    Unless I'm mistaken, a 10" long board is a little too short to plane. Getting rid of snipe on a short piece like that will be difficult at best.
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    If you are really trying to thickness a 8x10 (actual size), you can add two longer strips to either side to make it act like a longer board. There is a video at Fine Wood Working. Here's a link...
    http://www.finewoodworking.com/subsc....aspx?id=33642

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