Using a Handheld Power Planer Tool

Carpenter with electric planer.

The handheld power planer tool is extremely versatile. It has replaced standard hand planers as the preferred tool for woodworking projects.

The modern power planer can not only shave, shape, and level wood, but can also perform the functions of a belt sander as well as a jointer. Investing in this 3-in-1 tool will save you money as well as time during your projects.

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Power planers can scribe, taper, and bevel. They are ideal for leveling warped or uneven planes and for smoothing out rough edges in your wood.

One drawback is that handheld and benchtop power planers use rubber rollers that do not provide a great grip on rougher types of lumber. Another is that they do not have a chip breaker or pressure bar, though you can often find these features on heavy-duty planers.

How to Use a Power Planer

Before operating this machine, adjust a front and rear shoe to determine how much wood is going to be removed. The planer can be adjusted between 1/64 of an inch and 1/8 of an inch.

Place the shoes of the planer on the wood and push the planer steadily along the wood. This will ensure that you cut it to size based on the adjustments you made.