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Bench Top Thickness Planer
The Thickness Planer is typically used after a jointer (surface planer) has created a flat surface on a piece of lumber (or with lumber that has a reasonable flat surface). The planer is used to create a parallel surface (to the jointed surface), it removes small layers, planing, from the top surface of the wood as it passes under the feeding wheel(s) and cutting blades of the planer. The cutting blade height control is manually set before each cut, the lumber being planed is repeatedly passed through the planer removing small (typically <1/16") amounts of thickness with each pass and for creating a piece of wood with a specific thickness/height.