How to deal with Planer Snipe

Wood planers have become an indispensable tool for most carpenters. The market has a variety of different wood planers that fully meet the needs of users.

A  hand planer is the best wood planer for money. It is used to plan the surface of the wood in detail, meticulously making it the most beautiful before it is sold. And the best thickness planer is the ideal tool to plan rough, ugly wooden boards that have not been processed into the desired dimensions easily.

Each type of device has its function and characteristics. However, most wood planer models have one problem in common: creating a snipe.

What is snipe



Snipe is a deeper cut made on the leading ends of a board when passed through a wood planer. It is much more common and more serious at the leading end. Snipe can damage your project, especially if you need the entire surface of the board to be cut to a certain thickness. If one or both ends of the board are cut a little more, you will lose a relatively small piece of wood that you can use at another job. Quite wasteful!

Cause snipe appears

Normally, when running a wooden board through the best wood planer, there is at least one snipe at the end. You are doubtful that manufacturers may have colluded with wood shops to support them to increase sales. That thought is funny. The manufacturer is also the victim of this snipe appearance problem.

You can find out the cause of snipe appearance is the feed roller of your planer. Specifically, when you put a board through a planer and under the cutter head, the rollers function to attach to the board, then push and pull the board completely through the machine.

In the process of pushing the board into the device, if you are not careful to put the board correctly, the board may go in a different direction. In particular, the board will not pass through the lower part of the planing machine but will be pushed upwards where the cutting head is working. That leads to the wood after going through the planing machine will appear traces – called snipe

Deal with Snipe

Snipe can sometimes be difficult to stop, so it’s important to find it before the wood planing process is complete.

Ways to detect snipe:

  • Wet the surface with a specialized solution to detect snipe area
  • Use a raking lamp to look on the surface of the wood to search for snipe. Why use raking lamps? Low beam type is used to find shadows of objects. Specifically, it makes it easy to find the snipe because you will see its shadow on the surface of the wood. This lamp is also widely used in the interior finishing process. Helping the manufacturer to check whether the furniture is perfect or not.
  • If you are ready to invest in a large industrial planer with lots of infeed and outfeed rollers and a 10-foot table, your sniper problems will be over.

Ways to prevent Snipe

A simple but effective way is to plan the rough, ugly boards first then plan on the wood that you need to turn it into a product later. These sacrificial boards seem to help reduce the pressure on the rollers, resulting in the subsequent boards being cut clean without leaving any snipe. Do not be too sorry for the sacrifice wood. They are not unusable anymore. You can use them on other projects later.

The second way, In a similar vein of the device, you can use long support rails to prevent snipe from appearing. You take a strip of wood that is 1 foot longer than the board you want to plan (however the thickness of the two boards must be equal). Roll them together. Then you proceed to normal as usual. I am sure you will be able to plan the beautiful wood and no longer have any snipe on the surface.

As a final method, place the back of the board you want to contact the cutting head (where the snipe is born). That makes the front of the panel greatly reduce the snipe. You have to lift it during the planning process.

In conclusion

I have finished expressing about a problem that is often encountered when using a planer- Snipe. If you have encountered the above case, please follow my instructions to solve it. Hopefully, this article is helpful for you and thank you for reading this article.

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