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Thread: Is it bad to run painted wood thru my planer???

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    Is it bad to run painted wood thru my planer???

    I've got a bunch of pine shelving boards that are painted white. It would be nice to clean the paint off with the planer and use them for drawer sides.

    Is this bad for the planer? How about the knives?

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    One Man's Opinion

    Hey blades are made to be resharpened. I am not saying the paint will dull them more than wood, but isn't that the worst that can happen? Nails under the paint might be a further consideration, though.
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    I do it all the time. Planers, jointers, tablesaws, etc., are stupid. They don't care.

    The ONLY consideration, other than hitting hardware, would be removing lead based paint. For that, throw it away.

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    Send em through!!

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    Thanks guys!

    Just didn't want to Gum Up The Works so to speak

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    Nails are real bad!
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    LOL! I thnk Todd runs plywood through his planer, too!
    Wood: a fickle medium....

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    Shoot yeah, Chris! MDF too. I haven't run any cardboard through. Yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd Burch
    Shoot yeah, Chris! MDF too. I haven't run any cardboard through. Yet.
    Hmmm.....Masonite?
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    Why not! It's a "wood product"!

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    Arrow

    You mean you can"t????
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    Gary, yes, you can run wood, plywood, MDF, masonite, particleboard, strawboard, etc... through a planer.

    Now, as far as the effect of the glue on the knives, or the quicker dulling, etc. - that's a consequence.

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    Use a set of crappy/dull/pitted knives for planing plywood, MDF, masonite, particleboard, strawboard, cardboard, reams of paper, etc.

    Save a good set of knives for when you really care about what you are planing.
    Wood: a fickle medium....

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