Wednesday Woodworking – the planer

What do woodworkers do on cold January days when it’s too cold to work in our unheated shops? Yup, we sit in our nice warm homes, in front of a warm computer and research tools to buy.  Then we buy them.  Here’s my first big tool purchase in a long time:

My new addition to the shop.

It’s a surface planer.  This tool mills surfaces flat and parallel to each other.  It will let me start milling my own lumber.  I haven’t had any milling tools and have always had to buy lumber milled to the dimensions I need or close enough that I could sand it to the size I need.  This is one of the two tools I need to be able to mill rough lumber to whatever size I need.  Rough lumber also costs less then then S4S stock I’ve been buying.

This purchase will help me take my woodwork skills up to another level.

and the other tool I need?  Picture of that next week.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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37 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – the planer

  1. Pingback: Wednesday Woodworking — Andrew’s View of the Week – Emory Farm

  2. Very Cool! I admire woodworkers…it takes patience for sure!

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  3. slpsharon says:

    Bet it won’t stay that shiny. You must plan on some big projects.

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  4. Johny Woody says:

    Wow with DeWalt planer you cannot go wrong, personally i think its a fantastic purchase.

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  5. LOL… I hear your glee. I hope you’re having fun with this new “toy.” Hugs.

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  6. I bought a jointer and planer about a year ago, life has been much sweeter since. Definitely things that make you wonder how you did without after getting spoiled to them.

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    • Sometimes I get to work at a friend’s shop who has all the cool toys and then I come home to my little shop without them. Decided it’s time to up the game.


  7. Wow. Shiny. I hope all the old tools give it a kind welcome.

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  8. Oooh, nice! Planers are wonderful for people like me who hate sanding. When I needed some shelf supports last week, they got ripped on the table saw, then went through the planer and straight onto the wall. (Okay, I admit I did ease the sharp corners with the sanding block, but that was it.) But that’s just laziness on my part – your projects actually deserve a magnificent machine like that. You’ll love your new toy! 🙂

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  9. Baydreamer says:

    That’s great! Now, you have more flexibility in what you can do, not to mention, the ability to save money with buying rough lumber. I know nothing about this, but at least I can try to sound like I do. 🙂 Have fun!

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  10. It sounds wonderful. Of course I’ve never heard of it, never seen one, and never even heard about it before. Enjoy!

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  11. pommepal says:

    Wrap up warm if you go to the shop…

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  12. OK, if you’re excited I’m excited. Yep.

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  13. CJ Hartwell says:

    Wow, you’re getting serious! Tell me, do you wear a plaid shirt and funny hat and sing the Lumberjack song?

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    • Yes, I do wear the flannel plaid shirts when it’s cold, I don’t wear hats except when I am hiking, and yes I’ve been known to sing that song, but I don’t hang around in bars …

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  14. dorannrule says:

    The right tools are a big factor in achieving satisfying results. They also provide inspiration (at least at first). You are on your way!!!!!

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  15. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Nice choice, Andrew. I’m guessing that a jointer would make a nice partner for this beauty.

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  16. Jeff Branch says:

    Good purchase. I want one of those.

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