Yes, we know that drill press bearings aren’t designed for sideways loads, but that doesn’t seem to stop companies from designing gizmos like the Wagner Safe-T-Planer. This rotary planer chucks into any drill press with a 1/2″ chuck to shave off up to 3/8″ in one pass.
The 3-1/8″ diameter planer can make passes up to 2-3/4″ wide. The three shielded high-speed steel cutters spinning at 3,000 to 6,000RPM supposedly don’t grab the work piece or kick back, which is probably the origin of the Safe-T in the name. You can use it to surface plane, cut tenons, rabbets, raised panels, and tapers — though we’re guessing you have to tilt the table to do the last two.
Although the Safe-T-Planer is sold by Grizzly, WoodCraft, and a handful of other retailers, the manufacturer is unclear. Trying to track down them down led us to a trademark filed by Aurthur Gilmore of G & W Tools. It’s possible the “W” stands for Wagner, but that’s where the trail ends.
You can get the Safe-T-Planer shipped with a special grinding wheel and a 12-page manual for $58.