I got this surface planer as a birthday gift from my husband, I also have just a planer from Proxxon too, but sometimes you just need one perfect side, especially when the material is not perfect. I had to work with imperfections with my hand plane, but basically I don’t have enough space for it. Besides some woods are very hard to work with, so this planer is my savior.
Well, here it is:
In my last post I showed you my new custom router fence. Later I got a request in comments to tell more about use of such fences. I feel a bit intimidated to write about it in English, because you can find plenty of information about jigs and tips in English, but almost none in Russian. So this post will be short
This is one of the crucial jigs for the routers – you can make moldings, rabbets with it, so you don’t need to clamp the part. You’ll also need the fence when you work with small parts.
I have two routers, the first one (I also made a custom fence for it):
Some time ago I made a post about a router and a self-made wooden fence for it, (it was three years ago, time flies!) Well, not much has changed since that time, the only thing that became worse, was the fence itself. In the place where the fence and the router bit meet you could see uneven ends. So when you were working with tiny moldings, the accuracy of the the work suffered very much. My husband offered me to make a metallic fence for the router, and here’s the result:
It’s a bit taller than the wooden one, but you can change the width of it, so you can fit any router bit neatly. The view from behind, it’s very easy to remove it.
This planer was, I think, the last item on my wish-list. It always seemed a bit expensive to me, besides I used to buy pre-cut veneer, so there was no need to buy it back then.
A bit later I bought a second band saw for cutting lumber, made my first sand planer (Cap. Obvious tip – I used wood lathe to make it). The only thing I didn’t like in it – was the amount of dust, you always have to keep your vacuum next to it turned on, and it wasn’t really useful when you needed to plane thick board. So, several months ago, I finally decided to try this mini planer from Proxxon.