Product Review – Stanley Wood Planer

Stanley Wood PlanerSo, in our hallway we have an oldschool style, built in linen closet with two huge doors and two huge drawers.  I am right in the middle of painting the hallway (check out “hallway redo” once I’m done) so fixing the two bottom drawers was a must before painting. On a side note, I am also running in to  issues with the doors, which were tight to begin with but then, you throw another layer of paint on there?  Yeah – sticky, loud doors.  My hopes is that as I progress with this project, I can use the same tool to shave off some of that.

So, that’s the project update (in a nut shell) and here is my product review. Originally I thought I could just said my door and drawers down but when I realized I only had 150 grit, I had the feeling that I would be sanding forever with little results. Remember – you always want to start with a lower, more rough grit and end on a higher, softer grit to finish your project. Anyways, I told my dad about it, who is a master of all trades in the carpentry field, and asked him if I could borrow his wood planer.  He was awesome enough to stop by on his lunch break and drop it off to me.

It’s hard for me to put in to words how much easier this tool made my project! I cannot believe how smooth it went and it would shave off ribbons of wood versus the little bits sanding will remove. Keep in mind that you need to take enough off of your project to account for one layer of paint (or two if you primer) to avoid being right back in the same boat.  Fun fact – my drawers were made out of Cedar, which I am allergic to.  By the end of it, because I failed to remember to put on my mask, little cedar microrobots invaded my nose and left me sneezing.  So, one allergy pill later, here I sit to write a recap.

Recap: Stanley brand wood planer is awesome and I think it’s a pretty cool tool to have around.  Please keep in mind, I am not getting paid (yet? HINT HINT STANLEY TOOLS) to endorse their product, it’s just the one that I happened to use.  However, I will say this – I don’t think it’s a product that you can go cheap on just because of the shear amount of moving parts and the quality of the blade.  Without a good blade, you will not have a smooth transition and if you don’t have sturdy gear, there’s nothing to hold that blade firmly in place.  Good piece of advice that I got from my dad: always go with the grain! You will know if you are not going with the grain when it starts “chopping” on you.  So, flip that thing around, regroup, and go the right way.   What a project saver and I fully intend to use it on the doors as well.

Things that I learned doing this portion of the project:

1.) I have a much better understanding of what the phrase “custom cabinets” means.
2.) I need to get one of those planers – makes a tough job much easier.
3.) I am very allergic to Cedar and need to remember to wear my mask (which I should have been doing regardless of the type of material)
4.) It’s an incremental project – you can’t do every thing at once and it was a constant back and forth of putting the drawers back in, seeing how they fit, taking them back out, shaving a bit more off, rinse, repeat.
5.) It was all worth it because, in the end, I now have two mostly functional drawers in my hallway that I don’t have to use a crowbar on to open.

So, product review – done.  Used it, loved it, buying one.  Project update – semi-done because I still have to paint the doors and drawers, put the new hardware on and then I will update (hopefully) with all the pictures from my hallway adventure.  Here are some of the pics that I took today – please comment or email me if you have any questions, suggestions, or review of this tool (or a similar tool) that I can add.

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