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The Thickness Planer SAFETY TIP:The thickness planer is one of the safest woodworking machines you will work with.A cutterhead spins in the centre while infeed and outfeed rollers pull the board through.
You don't need to hold onto the board once the infeed roller has taken hold of it.There are only a couple of safety issues with this machine.When you feed a board in, feed it in smoothly, gently, and as flat to the machine's bed as possible.
Put some downward pressure on the board directly on the infeed side of the bed as you feed it in.As with the jointer, kickback situations are rare with this machine.It is only likely to occur with loose knots, nails or other foreign objects.
Check over the board with a magnetic wand if it is something questionable like barn board.Loose knots can be removed or glued in before planing to avoid projectiles.A five-minute epoxy glue will not hold up your production time.
As always, a kickback would mean that the board is thrown backwards, so never stand directly behind the board if you can help it.Stand a few inches to one side as you feed it in.Also, be...