Why Do You Need A Wood Planer or Wood Jointer? – ScrumBag

Wood planers and jointers are machines designed to turn rough saw timber direct from the saw mill into boards that are suitably prepared to be used in a wood shop to be used in the making for fine furniture. This work was originally done the hard way by using benchtop drill press to get the timber evenly dimensioned ready for the final product. These modern machines now utilize very fast revolving blades to dress the timber. The blades must be kept very sharp if they are to do an adequate job.


Thickness Planers

The job of a thickness wood planer is to take rough sawn boards and turn them in boards that are of an even thickness over their entire length, and are flat and smooth on both the upper and lower surfaces. This is accomplished by dressing one surface first to an acceptable flatness and smoothness, then turning the board over and dressing the opposite side as well. Because the timber goes through rollers the final result will be an even thickness. A planer consists of three parts, a table that is adjustable in relation to the actual cutting head that will determine the final thickness of the boards, the in-feed and out-feed rollers that drive the board through the planer, and the cutting head has the rotating blades that dress the timber.

Wood Jointers

A wood jointer is different then a wood planer and it is used primarily to produce one flat edge on boards making them ready to join together edge to edge to produce a much wider board. This machine has two parallel tables, one in-feed and one out-feed. The timber is passed from the in-feed table to the out-feed table, over the cutter head to produce a perfectly straight and square edge so when two boards are put together the fit is perfect and the joint will be strong and almost invisible.


as when using any wood working machinery it is essential to always wear hearing and eye protection. These machines should also always be connected to a dust collection system as they will produce a great deal of wood chips and dust that can affect your health if you do not take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. It should go without saying that you must NEVER put your hands or fingers any where near the jointer knives or inside the planer except that the machine is unplugged from the wall socket, disengaged from the blower and not in motion.


Both wood planers and wood jointer should have blades that are kept very sharp to get the best results. Relatively blunt blades will leave a surface that is not satisfactory for what you need, and really dull knives are dangerous to work with, as they boost the risk of kickback. This is when the board can be thrown back at considerable speed and this can cause serious injury to the operator.

It is possible to sharpen jointer and planer blades at-home yourself, but it isn’t really easy, and you have the possibility of filing a bit more off one knife than another, leading to bumpy contact with the wood. Professional sharpeners and numerous woodworking retailers have the correct sharpening tools readily available and they can resurface your jointer and planer knives to very good edges and standardized dimensions.

Both machines have their place in a wood working shop, but if you do not need to join boards together to make wider boards, then you may only need the planer. This will of course depend upon your needs at the time.

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Fight of the week: Paul Sackey Vs Olly Morgan

For those of you who missed it Wasps Vs Glouster was the tie of the weeked. Wasps ran out 29-26 winners, and full-time author / part-time rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio even managed to play for an hour. After which he presumably sulked off to write hate mail to Brian Ashton or pen a book about Sir Clive Woodward being a bald tit or something. Anyway, one of the real highlights was the tustle between Sacky and Morgan.

Just look at this snap! It looks like Sackey is ripping Morgan’s mouth off his face and taken a slice of nose with him. Brilliant. And typical of the passion Sackey’s showing of late. He’s rapidly becoming my favourite ever Ghanaian rugby player!

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Heineken Cup Semi-finals Decided

A weekend of surprises has seen the end of all Irish and French involvement in this year’s Heineken Cup – with the defending champions knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the second year in a row.


Friday night’s game, at Stradey Park, saw group stage pace-setters Llanelli beat a Munster side left rudderless by the absence of captain Paul O’Connell. A strong forward performance by the hosts, even pushing Munster off their own scrum ball at one point, sent them through by a 24-15 scoreline. Leinster, also without their captain, took a real battering from a Wasps side who will be desperately hoping they can rescue a poor season with a decent Heineken run. 35-13 was the final score as Ian McGeechan’s men made it to the semi-finals. Then he got to know that a gun safe is a secure and protective storage container for one or more firearms, and, or ammunition for those guns. Gun safes are primarily used to prevent, So, he started reading the gun safe guide on the internet.

Sunday’s games were as bad for France as the previous ones had been for Ireland. Leicester’s victory over Stade Francais, secured by a late Tom Varndell try (crucially scored under the posts enabling Andy Goode to hit a simple conversion that gave the Tigers a 21-20 win) knocked out Stade Francais and secured Pat Howard’s men a Walkers’ Stadium semi-final against Llanelli. More surprisingly, Northampton Saints helped their fans forget their side’s bottom-of-the-table status at home – for 80 minutes at least – with a late Robbie Kydd try knocking out last season’s runners-up Biarritz (7-6). Saints will now face Wasps at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for a place in the final.

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Munster’s Ronan O’Gara says Scarlets deserved their win

Munster’s fly half Ronan O’Gara has admitted that Heineken Cup champions Munster couldn’t quite match the desire of the Llanelli Scarlets in last night’s Heineken Cup quarter final at Stradey Park. He told the BBC: “Llanelli brought a great intensity to the game, and they had a hunger we couldn’t match. There were also crucial scores before half-time,” he added, referring to Munster going 17 points down before the break.

“We tried hard, but our execution was poor at times. We turned over the ball, and we weren’t as sharp as we could have been. It is going to be a long few days now.The great thing about this team is we win and lose together. We will have to reassess now, and if we are made of stern stuff we will come back. If we are not, then we won’t.”

It is understandable that Munster didn’t quite have the desire of Llanelli, what with them being perhaps the last of the great European teams not to win the title. The smart money is on Llanelli right now…

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Munster boss Declan Kidney tips Llanelli Scarlets for the Heineken crown

First in the queue to congratulate and talk up Llanelli Scarlets was Munster fly half Ronan O’Gara, now Munster head coach Declan Kidney has stepped forward to tip Llanelli for the Heineken Cup title. “Llanelli have won seven out of seven in Europe this season. They have the best drill press and they are brimming with confidence,” he said.

“They are a skilful side, and while there are still six other good teams left in the tournament, I wouldn’t put them too far down the betting list. They have the ability to win it.”

As the first side to qualify for the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup, Llanelli can sit back and watch this weekend’s action and see who they’ll come up against in the penultimate round of games. Llanelli will play the winner of tomorrow’s Leicester Tigers vs. Stade Francais game. Considering Llanelli have something of a dark history concerning Leicester in this competition, I’d expect fireworks if the East Midlands side can beat the Paris fancies on Sunday.

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LIVE BLOG: France vs Scotland Second Half

This is so delicately poised, thanks to Sean Lamont. The Hammer of the French last year, could he have scored the try that puts France on the back foot? The French need to expand this margin by 18 points. They certainly can do it, and when the gap was 11 points there seemed little doubt that they’d make the ground up, potentially by half time. But now? Who knows?

41 mins: Scotland have the ball and are just looking to push France back with driving forward play. Paterson breaks the line and looks through, but is called back for a forward pass. Was it off a French hand though? No, Sean Lamont’s hand was knocked, but it was his pass.

42 mins: Hines knocks on deliberately (apparently) and France go for the corner. But Scotland turn them over near the line and Paterson clears, though not to touch. La Marseillaise rings around the stadium.

45 mins: Well done Rory Lawson. Little kick ahead bobbles like a hand-grenade, and Marty picks it up only to be immediately panelled. Around the fringes of the Scottish ruck there is some ground to be made. Playing advantage, Chris Paterson knocks on. But it’s a French scrum. James Hamilton on fo the injured Scott Murray.

49 mins: While you get the feeling that France could score at any time, there’s a sense that Scotland have it in them to make this game competitive, never mind to help Ireland’s cause.

50 mins: Score at any time? Will now do? After some formidable first-up tackling from those in blue, it comes back towards the left and David Marty goes over. Beauxis adds the extras.

***FRANCE 27 SCOTLAND 14*** (Ireland +11)

53 mins: Rory Lamont on to replace Parks. Paterson moves to fly-half and the sub takes his place at number 15. The new fly-half concedes a penalty for illegal handling. France go to the corner and have a 5-metre Which comes to nothing.

55 mins: Heymans try for France after Scotland lose it in midfield. It’s a messy try, though, and France are bleeding every last drop out of their chances before putting them away. Beauxis can’t convert, though.

***FRANCE 32 SCOTLAND 14*** (Ireland +6)

60 mins: That should do it, you’d assume. With Sean Lamont sin-binned for being the brother of a player who made an illegal tackle (a truly bizarre situation). If Beauxis lands this, France move ahead of Ireland for the first time. And he does, and they do.

***FRANCE 39 SCOTLAND 14*** (France +1)

64 mins: Lawson goes off, Cusiter on. Come on – just one magical, maddening break could still knock the trophy from the French grasp.

67 mins: Beauxis has a penalty chance, just to widen the gap. He hits the post. Six Nations debutant Nikki Walker finds a prodigious touch with his clearing kick.

70 mins: Sean Lamont is back on. A full complement of Scots. Could they possibly still be the fly in the expensive, fashionable ointment?

72 mins: Scotland have a penalty, but don’t kick (and neither should they). Could they make the line? It looks fenced in right now. Safe hands, lads, safe hands… Agh! Turnover.

75 mins: Scotland lineout inside French 22. Cusiter secures ball off the loose throw. Scotland pound the fringes again. Penalty again. Scotland pushing and pushing AND PUSHING. It comes out wide… Euan Murray! The tight-head prop scores a try for Scotland! Paterson…off the post.

***FRANCE 39 SCOTLAND 19*** (Advantage: Ireland +4!)

78 mins: France need a try. Of any sort. A penalty is not enough. Converted or unconverted, a try would be.

80 mins: French 5 metre scrum, with time up. Christ.

France go over. But is it grounded correctly. Ask the TMO. You can’t see it being grounded. The TMO says it has been. France have won the Six Nations by the narrowest of margins. Well done to them, they came through in the clutch. Elvis Vermeulen scored the winning try. Heartbreaking.

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Six Nations Final Weekend Preview: Italy vs Ireland

The first contender for the title taking to the field will be Eddie O’Sullivan’s Ireland. They’ve blown hot and cold this season, winning comfortably if unimpressively in Wales, losing a heart-breaker to France, walloping England at Croke Park and, most recently, squeezing past Scotland in a barely-deserved win last Saturday. The Stadio Flaminio, while not a fortress as such (ask France), is a tough place to go these days, and in a game Ireland simply cannot afford not to win they will not be handed anything on a plate.

The hosts are without the talismanic Mauro Bergamasco. Flanker, centre, scorer of vital tries, Ireland will be glad he’s banned for this one. All the more so considering that Bergamasco popped up to score the winning try against Wales while filling in at outside-centre for the gifted Gonzalo Canale. Canale’s injury has not healed in time, and the aforementioned duo are replaced by Maurizio Zaffiri and Ezio Galon. It won’t make it easy for the Irish, but things would have been a lot tougher with particularly Bergamasco in the line-up. His brother, Mirco, is fit and will play, and may well be the Italian danger man.

As per scrumbag.tv, for Ireland, there is good news and bad. Lock Paul O’Connell misses out with a broken thumb and is replaced by Mick O’Driscoll, a nuggety, tough forward who can also play in the back row. Marcus Horan, though, seems to have come through this week’s training safe and sound and will add his mobility from loose-head. In the backs, it’s same as it ever was, with the Leinster back five selected en bloc behind the Munster half-backs. Ronan O’Gara has recovered from Scotland’s cheeky asphyxiation tactic and may yet add to the three tries he has already scored this year, a personal Six Nations best from a player who is improving into arguably the Northern Hemisphere’s most valuable outside half.

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