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Tool Species

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

Asylum Tool Species Info
To use any of the tools listed on this page, you are required to complete the testing program described here. You should get training or equivalent experience at the Asylum or elsewhere before testing.
RubricPlaner Rubric. Rubrics don't get much planer than this.
TrainingRough to Smooth: Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, & Planer
TestingTesting Calendar
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • Ear protection is strongly encouraged while using the planer
  • An attached vacuum is required while using the planer

Safe Operation

  • Check the infeed direction and outfeed direction for sufficient clearance for all stock before starting cuts
  • No stock may be fed into the planer that is shorter than 16”
  • Long stock should be supported on both the infeed AND the outfeed
  • DO NOT push stock through the planer; allow the planer to feed stock through on its own rate
  • Adjust the depth of each cut to the width of the workpiece, not to exceed the maximum allowable depth for the machine.
  • Alternate stock infeed locations along the full width of the planer, in order to minimize wear on the knives
  • If you want to change feed speeds, change speeds while the planer is running, but not while material is being planed

Allowable Materials

  • Only wood may be cut on the planer
  • DO NOT plane laminates, particle boards, or other wood composites
  • Always plane with the grain of the material. DO NOT plane end grain material
  • No boards with loose knots, splits, crossgrain or other defects, as these can cause damage to the machine
  • No extraneous globs of glue or epoxy on either the cutting surface or the table surface of the workpiece
  • Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

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