An electric tool designed for carpentry and co-opted by surfboard shapers to trim foam from the blank during shaping. Less important than it was, due to the development of computer shaping machinery; still widely used by "backyard" low-volume manufacturers.
This device is used in the pre-tying reed production stages. Once the cane has been cut to the proper length, it is run through this hand-machine so that the length of the piece's upturned sides are flat. It can then be run through a pre-gouging machine or go straight to the gouging machine.
1. Wood plane which has horizontal blades, adjustable for cut depth, which are mounted in a horizontal, rotating, power driven cylinder. The wood is held steady while being moved past the cutters, allowing for an exacting amount of cutting to be done. 2. Metal shaping machine, which has a mounted cutting too with a movable table so that metal can be moved back and forth for shaping or cutting.
A metalworking planer is a type of metalworking machine tool, analogous to a shaper but larger and with the entire workpiece moving beneath the cutter (instead of the cutter moving above a stationary workpiece). The work table is moved back and forth on the bed beneath the cutting head by either mechanical means (a rack and pinion gear) or by a hydraulic cylinder.