Here are 11 DIY tips I learned for how to use the Dewalt Hand Planer as a beginner.
Hi guys! I love woodworking and designing and building new furniture. I’ve wanted to buy a planer for a couple years now. But I’d really only use it every couple of months. So, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that would sit on a shelf most of the time. I decided to take a chance and learn how to use the Dewalt Hand Planer and I absolutely love it.
But, it does take some practice to get used to it. At first, I was gouging my wood up. I almost threw it away once or twice. But, with patience and practice on cheap lumber it’s turned into a great buy. Here are 11 DIY tips for how to use the Dewalt Hand Planer Tool as a beginner. Hopefully, they can help you too.
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11 Beginner Tips to Use the Dewalt Hand Planer
Be sure to watch the short 4-Minute video above to see me using my Dewalt electric hand planer. Seeing things always helps me understand things better.
Put a foam mat or cloth under the wood to keep it from moving across the table when you are planing the wood. But make sure that it is tucked under the board and will not be touched when you use the Dewalt Hand Planer, or any electric hand planer. Clamps or a stop block in front of the wood can also keep the wood from moving.
Keep blade depth at 0 to prevent gouges when you use the Dewalt Hand Planer. Lots of shallow passes always works better for beginners.
Lift the planer up at the end of the board to prevent gouges, or bites, off the end of the board. You can see me do this in the video. Dewalt recommends pushing down at the back of the planer at the end of the board. But, that didn’t always work for me. Lifting up does.
Plane across the whole surface of the board the same number of times in each “row” to keep the planing even.
Work in both directions across the board too. Meaning, left to right and right to left. Or, just flip the board to get the same result. This will help you get the smoothest finish when you use the Dewalt Hand Planer on rough or uneven boards.
Like with mowing or vacuuming, you overlap the previous row a bit to get the best result.
You’ll still need to sand as you normally would. When you use the Dewalt Hand Planer or any electric hand planer, you’re just smoothing the board or reducing the thickness, but sanding gets the final, smoothest finish before sealing or staining.
The planer will make a huge pile of wood shavings in a short time, work outside or with dust collection.
For long boards, walk with the planer to keep the hand planer in a straight line with the same flat angle and amount of pressure across the board. Don’t stretch to reach across the board, or you could gouge the board by accidentally raising one end.
Plane with the grain to prevent issues until you become comfortable with the planer.
Don’t forget eye protection and a dust mask. Like I said in tip 8, this will make a mess. Shavings will be flying everywhere. 🙂
That’s it for my 11 DIY tips for how to use the Dewalt Hand Planer Tool. I hope you’ve found this helpful. Good luck with your Electric Hand Planer!
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