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Get Moving with Your Wood Planer


One way to stay fit is to have an active lifestyle. To get moving in the gym may not sound so pleasing to some of us. This is the reason why this article exists. This article will prove to you that using your wood planer can also be a form of exercise.

To get to the bottom of this, let’s check out how this handyman tool is used.

Step 1: Inspect the Planer

WEN-6550-300x262Checking whether your portable planer is ready or not is already a mental and physical exercise. You need to walk around it, thoroughly clean it if it needs cleaning, assembling it, disassembling it, replacing the blade with a new one. All these activities require you to move.

Step 2: Organize the Workbench

Of course, you also have to hold the wood planer snugly and comfortably by both its front and back grip knobs. Adjust it so that your right hand will be at the back of the planer and while your left would guide the front. That’s if you’re a right-handed person. Otherwise, set the planer and the workbench so that your left hand would be at the back of the planer.

Step 3: Choose the Board to be Planed

Don’t stop moving yet! You still have to carefully check the board you want to plane. Ensure it’s ready for planing. Are there knots? Warps? Lumps? Knotholes? Signs of dry rot? Remember to select only the boards with straight grains and little flaws for planing.

Step 4: Fix the Board to the Workbench

Secure the chosen board using the vise grip or the adjustable clamp on your workbench to prevent any injury. Wear eye protection before switching on your planer.

Step 5: Identify the Location of the First Cut


Still think using a wood planer isn’t a workout? Wait till you have to tilt the planer slightly forward to bring its blade into contact with the board surface! You’ll need to have correct balance when doing this step. Remember to push firmly with straight forearms and wrists in order to move the planer along. Just peel a fine strip of wood off the board. Use your legs and your lower body too! They can help you exert force forward and upward while moving the planer. But don’t strain your lower back by bending at the waist to push.

Step 6: Examine the Board Surface

After each cut, inspect the surface of the board to make sure it looks exactly like how you wish to plane it. Continue planning until you’re contented. Enhance the texture of the board by using various grits of sandpaper.

That’s it! Obviously, using a wood planer is an excellent way to get moving!