November 30, 2022

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

Everything you need to know about thickness-planer snipe

2 min read

Everyone with a thickness planer asks this question at some point. My intent with this video was to explain the causes and solutions well enough that snipe never really causes you much trouble again.

I put a lot more work into video production that I normally do, using a new audio setup, ultra-high-definition video, a lot more time preparing and processing, and I sacrificed a few beautiful pieces of wood to the planer so you could see what was going on inside. If you find it helpful, please consider supporting the channel by liking, subscribing, and sharing with other people who might find the information useful.

This is the link to the end-grain-cutting-board video I mentioned at the end:

You can also find pictures of stuff I build on Instagram at

These are some of the tools and accessories shown:

DW735X Thickness Planer:
DW7351 Extension Tables:
Klein CL800 clamp meter:
Klein 69409 Line Splitter:
Klein CL120 Kit:
Rockler 4” x 2′ stretch hose:
Rockler 4” x 4′ stretch hose:
Rockler threaded disconnect fitting:
(This video is not sponsored. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Technical information:
Video: Galaxy S10E cellphone at 4k 60fps
Audio: Rode Wireless Go and Rode lavalier microphone
Editing: PowerDirector 18
Planer: DeWalt DW735 with a Shelix cutterhead
Woods fed to the planer: Red oak, ambrosia maple, birch, and pear. Can you identify which was which?
Makeup and hair: Asked to remain anonymous, but they promised not to bill me if I dropped the charges

0:00 What is snipe?
1:36 How machine design affects snipe
4:57 Proper infeed and outfeed support
7:12 Do the infeed/outfeed tables need to be flush or sloped?
11:11 Prepare your boards for reduced snipe
16:30 Sacrificial boards
19:49 Plan your plane train
22:37 Just cut off the snipe
23:40 Recap and conclusion

It’s pretty far down in the description, is anybody still reading this? I hope you’re having a great day, and I hope you’re doing everything you can to prevent the spread of coronavirus. One day this will all be over and you’ll want to remember that you were part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Woodworking News Source: The Snekker Show

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