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canopyboy
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Planet works fine if your cutters are sharp and you have favorable grain. Still need to rough them up though.

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I would be worried about the planer ripping out small chunks?
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I use a Grizzly 14" band saw and a Grizzly Baby drum sander.
I bought some lam sleds from Kenny and I have been making them myself .

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Didn't happen wif out pichers...
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You can't always tell what the grain is doing by looking at it... grain being different that growth rings. I sent some osage through the planer two days ago that looked perfectly quartersawn, but it still tore out a little where the actual grain was running out. Sometimes spinning the piece end for end allows it to cut without tearing out. The drum sander does an equally fine job regardless of grain direction.

I sometimes use the planer to true things up as a board, or sometimes as an oversized lam, but leave enough thickness to cut and/or grind below any damage caused by the planer, with the drum sander.

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Agreed. I only know how favorable the grain is after the first pass. Although as you square up your stock, you can tell by looking at any surfaces run through a planer or across a jointer. Bit that's a lot of work and a little luck.

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