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Planer Fence Storage

This one actually popped up on YouTube in video form, several days. I’m also pleased to say that it’s had a few views already, with one person so inclined to add a comment as well, which is always welcomed.

One flaw in the ‘convenient’ design of many planer/thicknessers is that you have to remove (and store elsewhere) the fence before you can access the thicknesser. This isn’t usually a problem on larger, more expensive machines but, when you’re only prepared to pay less, you have to come up with your own solution for temporary storage of the fence, as I have done.

Have I really spent the past four-years stashing the fence on top of my workbench, bandsaw or siding mitre saw station?!? It always gets in the way, wherever it ends up. Why has it taken me so long to come up with such a simple solution?

It really is so simple. I’ve copied the design of the metal bracket used to mount the fence on top of the machine, reproduced it in wood and then, have fixed the replica bracket to the removable steel casing on the back of the machine with a couple of bolts and nuts.

This solution may not be for everyone. In some cases – particularly where your machine has quite a large fence – it may not be practical to have an extra six-to-eight inches proud of one side of planer, where you are otherwise constrained for space within your workshop. Those edges aren’t too sharp but, to some, they’ll be at just the right for one of the corners to give you a temporary dead leg, if not a painful nudge in to the nether regions… 😕

At the end of it, you also end up with a handy side-table or support bench to stack your timber as your feeding it through the thicknesser!

Thanks for reading.


5 responses to “Planer Fence Storage

  1. Elmar 16/01/2014 at 09:56

    Hi Olly, this might be a bit off topic, but I hope you don’t mind too much. I’ve been doing some research on that type of thicknesser/planer, since I got myself a (very) used one and have had problems with the thicknessing part. Won’t push wood through, it will get stuck, drift to one side and get jammed there, etc. Uneven spring pressure is partly responsible, I’m sure, but the knives are playing a part as well. It did not come with the knive setting jig, so I’m somewhat at a loss as how to set the blades correctly. Would you be able to tell me the distance between cutter block and knive edge? They seem to have been fitted with a 2.2 mm distance but since it’s not been working too well, I’m somewhat hesitant to stick to that measurement.

    Fantastic solution for storing the fence, BTW, I’ll attach that as soon as I’ve sorted out the trouble weith the infeed/knives. Kind regards / Elmar

    • Olly Parry-Jones 18/01/2014 at 22:01

      Hi Elmar,

      Thanks for your comment. My apologies for my delayed response.

      By the sounds of it, yes, I could agree that unequal spring pressure is causing your wood to drift across the bed of the machine. I’d also recommend lubricating the bed, if you haven’t done so already (either a paste wax product or dry spray like PTFE).

      With the blades, I will try to remember to look at mine the next time I am in the workshop. I’ve never actually measured them although, I have intended to – in fact, I think I once asked Axminster this question but they weren’t able to answer. 2.2mm sounds very excessive though! Even dangerous! For example, on a spindle moulder block, cutting projection is (as I remember) commonly limited to 1.1mm. I can’t imagine that a planer/thicknessers knives are far from that.

      I’d also check (visually) the condition of your infeed roller but I wish you all the best in getting your machine up and running correctly. I hope my words do help and I thank you again for writing.


      • capemac 19/01/2014 at 19:50

        Thanks Olly, for taking your time to answer. Usually the 1.1 mm is the legal limit (at least in Germany) for planer knives to protrude from the cutter block. However, I’m living in South Africa at the moment, and have bought and serviced the planer here. Policies and quality of work sometime differ from what I’m (and probably) you are used to. So it’s altogether possible, that the 1.1 mm are correct and the technician just had a little slip.

        I’d appreciate if you could check the measurement next time you’re in the workshop and will in the meantime experiment with di9fferent settings. Cleaning and lubricating all done already, just the spring pressure and blade distance to figure out. Thanks again and all the best / Elmar

  2. Elmar 20/01/2014 at 12:57

    FYI: I just got a mail from Axminster. The after sales person put that measurement at approximately 0.65-0.75mm (knive edge protrusion from the block). I’ll work with those values and see how far I’ll get. Stellar service, I have to say, since I did not even buy the machine there. Kind regards / Elmar

    • Olly Parry-Jones 20/01/2014 at 18:24

      That is great to hear and I hope it makes the difference for you. Yes, I’ve also had exceptional service from them over the years. But do feel free to get in touch if you’re still having difficulties.

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