The Proxxon micro planer is a perfect clone of a high end planer, but 1/8th the size. It’s great machine for all kinds of fine precision planing work — as long as you don’t need to plane wood taller than an 1-1/2″ or wider than 3”.
This planer’s loaded with kick-ass features. For starters it has a self-feeding, knurled, spring-loaded roller that draws the wood in to meet the 6000 rpm cutting blade at over 15-1/2″ per minute. This allows it to plane irregularly-shaped pieces of wood quickly, before they slide out of line. After passing the through the cutter shaft, it pushes lumber out at the rear via a rubber-coated roller that protects the surface of the workpiece from marring.
You can adjust the table can as finely as 0.1 mm (0.008″) by turning a large adjustable hand wheel on top of the housing — that’s super-accurate, super-close shave. The only down side for us here in the ‘States is that Proxxon is made in Germany, so all the screws and dials are metric. It’s time to break out the conversion charts if you’re one of the “inches only” crowd.
The small size may seem like a huge limiting factor but it really isn’t. The true application of this unit is making small pieces that require precision to a fraction of a millimeter. Frame makers, model makers, and high end furniture artists can benefit from its wood-chomping accuracy.
The price tag isn’t for the faint of heart at just north of $500 — but then if you need a micro planer on a daily basis, chances are you’re not a hobbyist.