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We salvaged painted redwood. Planing it rapidly dulls the planner's blades. Anny suggestions?
Either buy lots a planner blades or sand the boards first to remove the paint and dirt.
You could also use a paint stripper to remove the paint. Or, buy a surface sander.
Carbide planer blades are expensive, but if the redwood was free, you have some leeway.
Use stripper. DO NOT SAND THE PAINT -- don't even plane it unless you are positive that it's not lead paint. It's very dangerous to breath lead dust and you don't want it to settle on the ground and eventually enter the water table. Very hazardous stuff!!!
A machine that cuts away material to make a board thinner is a planer (with only one N). A book that you use to schedule your day is a planner (with two Ns). :eek: >:-(