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All About Planers and Sanders

Power planers and sanders are smoothing tools. Planers are designed for use only with wood, but some sanders can also be used on metal or masonry surfaces.

Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Using a Power Planer

Use the depth gauge to determine the amount of wood to remove, remembering that if a large amount of wood needs to be shaved off, the depth gauge should initially be set high, then reduced as you reach the full extent of the cut. When the planer reaches full speed, sweep it evenly across the surface to remove the wood gradually. Refer to your model's owner manual for details on using the depth gauge. Most planers have a dust collection facility; use it if you have one.

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