This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: creagh@forestbear.Sun.COM (Creagh Yates)
Date: 8 Mar 90 19:14:56 GMT
In article <5600005@hpcndm.CND.HP.COM> rds@hpcndm.CND.HP.COM (Dwight Schettler) writes:
>I am also interested in buying a planer for the shop. In addition to the
>questions that Tom brought up, I have some more general questions about
>owning a planer.
> 1. How much does it cost to have the knives sharpened for a 10 or
> 12 inch planer?
Don't know, call a saw shop.
> 2. How often will a home woodworker need to get them sharpened?
Only when you run over a nail or a rock and you start getting groves
in your boards. OR, they seem dull to your.
> 3. Is a set of carbide knives worth the investment?
No, not for home use.
> 4. After getting knives resharpened, is it possible for me to align
> the knives myself, or does a pro need to do it? Any special
> tools required?
On a planer it is tougher than a jointer, but the same principles apply.
You have to get a straight edge, like a blade from a combo square, and
hold it between the bed and the blade. Adjust each blade, one at a time,
so that it touches the straight edge for the whole lenght of the blade.
Go to the next blade and do the same thing.
The thing to remember is, get a reference point, and adjust them all to
that reference point. That is all an "professional" would do, and I
doubt that you could find someone to come out and do it for you. Youj
would have to bring in your whole planer.
Remember, you don't have to be perfect, but doing it a few times will
give you confidence.