Another Great Tool

I’m sure you know how useful a benchtop planer can be in woodworking. But are you aware that there is a small handheld planer that can do much of the same work?

And electric handheld tool like a planer is a useful piece of equipment once you understand how it can be used. There can be quite a learning curve if you never used a  hand plane. Or if you have the misfortune of having your only real experience be a disaster trying to plane a block of wood in 8th grade wood shop.

The single best use for a planer like this, in my opinion, is for making doors smaller. Doors that rub the carpet or doors that have swelled in the summer humidity to drag on there openings.

But beyond that, there are many uses that you might not even be aware of. There’s all sorts of information on sites like electrichandplaner.com that can show you some of those uses. Many of them hadn’t even occurred to me, and I have been around the block for a while.

Since that disaster in middle school, it hasn’t even occurred to me to run a plane across the electric planersurface of a piece of wood to change its thickness or to take a bow out of it.

So check on the site to get some tips on how to use a hand planer and what you should look for when you are going to be selecting on.

To be honest with you, after looking into it a bit more, there are many things that I can do with one that I really don’t have any ability to do at this time.

I always feel badly when I have a tool that I am not utilizing to its fullest potential. It just goes to show you that no matter how many things you learn over the years there are always other things to learn. The old days were not always the best days. The new tools allow you to perform tasks quicker and better than you could in the old days.

Embrace that.