How to Use a Power Planer : Planing Operation for a Power Planer

Learn how to understand planing operation for a power planer and get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on using tools for leveling, shaving and shaping wood in this free woodworking video.

Expert: teacherjon
Bio: Jon holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and Human Sciences degree, with an endorsement in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Filmmaker: Jon Olson


  1. Thanks John

  2. You are brilliant! However, do you mind putting that camera down? – Get a tripod perhaps, or a steady-handed friend, I could only watch 1 minute 30 before I got a headache.  Thank you.

  3. sip

  4. great video. 

  5. Jooooohn is actually on day release from the local mental asylum…

  6. So how do you correct the snipe you created at the end of your cut? Please don’t follow the advice on this video.

  7. Haha ….oh john….

  8. sniped it like a motherfucker. put the planer down, john. don’t quit your day job.

  9. …forgot to apply the pressure at the back of a planer, John? Don`t think so…you are…John 🙂

  10. that board could be used as straight edge…Great Jooooohn!!

  11. +Dysl3xicDog ROFL

  12. The DC sniper was jealous of that snipe

  13. Patrick soandsoersonmcgee

    I imaged John’s dialogue as being read by Chris Walken. “Hi, this, is John, atexpert, village, WOW.”

  14. +Patrick soandsoersonmcgee Or Micheal Cane:, ”apply more pressure in the middle, not many people know that”.

  15. How bout that snipe, buddy? Please reshoot your video once you’ve worked that out. I suggest you start by maintaining firm pressure on the front plate. Then, once have sufficient wood is on the back plate, transfer pressure to the back plate for the rest of the cut. This will ensure you do not get a snipe (gouge) at the end of the piece of wood you are planing. If the wood you are planing is quite narrow or thin, clamp a similar size piece of wood to the primary wood and plane it. Make sure the two pieces of wood do not exceed the planer width and are perfectly aligned. This will give you more surface area for the plates to rest and reduce the chances of having a ‘wavy’ edge. This works well with narrow doors when planing the non-hinge edge. If you are still worried about getting a snipe at the end of the primary piece, extend the second piece of wood beyond the end of the primary piece and ensure you maintain pressure on the back plate and the second piece once the front of the planer has cleared the primary piece of wood. Hope that helps.

  16. +Dysl3xicDog Go from one end of the wood to the middle. Then go from the other end of the wood to the middle and join the cuts up…

  17. Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

    What… is… with… The… un…necess…ary… pauses… between…. words…and… Syll…ables?

  18. Give him a break… “A” for effort. I learned a lot more from him than the assholes who don’t say anything and lay down a useless music bed with the video.

  19. Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

    +TheRangeControl Lighten up Francis.

  20. +Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch … said the guy commenting on the nuances of speech patterning… LMAO

  21. Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

    +TheRangeControl I… was… just… poking… a… little… fun.

  22. +Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch I’ve got ya’. 🙂

    As was I, on my last comment.

  23. Go to woodprix if you’d like to build it yourself.

  24. You can clearly see the divot you made at the end of the pass. Horrible video.

  25. do not operate power tools whilst under the influence of diazepam, thank you.

  26. please do not operate power tools whilst under the influence of diazepam, thank you.

  27. what a fucking noob

  28. darvish

  29. Lots of nasty comments on this channel. Yikes!
    And these people are prolly know-it-all DiYers/Weekend Warriors.(What are you doing watching a video on how to use an electric planer in the first place?)
    Of course- citing “the right to an opinion” as justification, they will happily defend their behaviour, which is toxic btw..
    There’s no justification for being an arsewipe!

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