Peter Sefton looks at getting the most out of your planer through honing and back bevels.

Derek and I were recently debating the merits of machine versus hand planing and the difference in finish given for the amount of time taken and energy expended. Whether you use a separate surface planer and thicknesser or a combined under/over planer/thicknesser, I think the machine planer has to be one of the most time-saving and useful bits of kit in our workshop. When a planer is set up and maintained well it gives a superb clean finish with very accurate results. But throw difficult interlocked grains or rippled timbers into the mix and the finish given can lead to ‘planer rage’. Here, I’ll look at strategies for keeping your planer as an asset to your timber preparation, even when things get difficult.

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