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what are some tips and or techniques that could be done to help eliminate or at least minimize snipe on both ends of a board going through a benchtop planer? Thnx for any and all input and responses.
Slightly lifting the tail end of the board as you start the feed and slightly lifting the nose end of the board as the board nears the end of the cut sometimes helps. Adding support under the infeed and outfeed tables so they do the lifting may help too.
To minimize snipe I run a scrap board into the planer first, then run my good board in tight behind it and follow it with another scrap. Clean square cuts on the ends help. I have a in-feed and out-feed ramp, just 8 ft long boxes that are the height of the planer above the bench. If I am planing a stack of boards for a project I pick a board with a flawed end that will be cut off anyways to start with then run the rest of the stack tight against each other, butt end to butt end. If the boards are very long it takes 2 guys to pull this off.
Take a very light cut on your final pass.