How to Properly Use a Door Planer

What You'll Need
Power planer
Breathing mask
Safety goggles
Work gloves
Adjustable work table with clamps

You may need to properly trim a door with a door planer by trimming off a bit so it properly fits. This typically takes place during either replacement of a door or new installation. There are a number of factors contributing to the need to trim the door with a planer. Despite all the care taken when measuring your door needs small mistakes may create a need to trim the door. Also, hinge attachments may necessitate the need for a little trimming. Although planing has traditionally been done by hand, there are power door planers available today that can aid in performing the task quickly and correctly.

Step 1 – Familiarize Yourself with the Tool

Before tackling the job of trimming a door with a power door planer, you need to gain a good understanding of just how it works. Like a hand door planer, a power version rides on a shoe. Just like a jointer a power door planer employs blades that spin at incredibly fast speeds to remove wood that is equal to the distance between the rear and front of the planer shoe. There is a depth setting that allows for the amount of wood that is removed. Additionally, the tool hand grip also controls depth cutting when pressure is applied. The depth cutting adjustment can select a setting that allows for a great deal of wood to be removed (1/8 inch per pass) or can be as little as that removed by a belt sander (1/64 inch per pass)

Step 2 – Set the Depth

Since you only need trim a sliver to allow the door to fit properly, select a depth that results in a small amount of wood removed per pass. Unlike other planing needs, using a power door planer should be classified as delicate trim woodworking. Therefore, making several passes removing small amounts of wood each time is a better method than removing too much and, thus, ruining the door.

Step 3 –Secure the Door

The door needs to be secured so it is incapable of moving by clamping it to a work table or other solid structure that will not move. Make sure the outer edge is face up before proceeding.

Step 4 – Balance is Essential

You need to master the proper hold and push of the planer to get the required results. You need to establish the best body balancing while planning to ensure good operations and safety as well. Make sure to wear a breathing mask along with safety goggles and gloves. Always discover the right way to stand with feet apart so you will be both comfortable and effective making a pass on the door edge.

Step 5 – Make the Cut

Keep the initial pressure on the power door planer in the front grip as you start a pass. As you pass through the door edge balance the pressure applied between the front knob and the grip as both sides contact the surface area making the cut.

Step 6 – Check with Level

After an initial cut, check with a level to make sure you are square. Reposition the door to check if you have trimmed enough. Your speed pushing the tool and the depth you choose will affect the end results for smoothness as well.