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I'm looking to get an electric planer for general diy work around the house. Currently I need to plane 2 slabs of oak and one slab of spalted beech. The beech plank needs to be thinner at the beack half than the front half so it would need to be planed more. Hence why I am thinking electric might be better and faster than hand planer. As well as the fact that I have never used a hand planer before.

Is there a particular brand and model recommended please? The price range is about £100 (Can stretch to around £150 if needed). Makita or something else better?

PS: Corded or cordless?


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I have found that using electric planers it is very hard to get to where you want to be. Yes, they can remove a lot of stock but it is hard to get a uniform surface and it is easy to get tramlines all over the surface. So for what you want to do I would rough it to size with an electric and finish with a hand plane which is more controllable and forgiving. With this in mind a cheapo electric and a good quality hand plane would be better. I never used my planer that much.

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Thanks DWD. In terms of removing a lot of stock that's only the case with the beech slab, and even that only a small part of it. Basically an area 1200 x 190 mm where I need to remove around 6-10mm. Whereas the rest is mainly just a thin layer to get the wood smooth and flat. For example one of the oak slabs is basically 2500 x 400 x 75 mm in size with one live edge. It has been stacked up and air dried for about 20 years apparently and as expected the surface is a little bit rough and blackened by time.

Is there a particular hand plane that I should look for? I.e. particular brand, size, etc? I assume getting the hang of using a hand plane for a novice who's never used one before is not too difficult?


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This really a question for Job and Knock as he will point you in the right direction. I can only speak from my own experience and if a board was too big for my own jointer and thicknesser I go to my local wood yard that have big machines and I pay them to prep it for me (usually a drink for the sawyer). It takes a lot of patience to do it with hand tools.

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Flattening boards is no easy task, power planer or not it takes skill and patience.



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Well, patience I have and I dont mind using it since I will be creating something that I will cherish for many years to come. As for skill :dunno: :dunno:

I will check if there is a local wood yard with a big enough machine to plain the oak but I'm not very hopeful.


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If you already have the makita cordless range then get their planet as a bare unit



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Manc chippy wrote:
If you already have the makita cordless range then get their planet as a bare unit

Yes, they aren't a bad planer, although they do drain batteries and on hardwood you'll probably be restricted to making 1mm passes. The dust bag is a £15 extra, as well. I'd tend to regard a corded planer as a "hogging" tool - useful for taking the bulk of the waste away, but not particularly accurate. The surface finish you might be as well to consider a hand plane - a #5 or #5-1/2 jack plane will work on smaller stuff (up to 25/30in long) whilst larger stock really needs a fore plane (#6) or a jointer (#7) to keep everything straight.

Sorry for the delay in responding - work has been hell on wheels recently and I'm doing very long hours so my 'net time is very limited

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