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The term planer may refer to several types of carpentry tools, woodworking machines or metalworking machine tools.

  • Plane (tool): a hand tool used to produce flat surfaces by shaving the surface of the wood
  • Thickness planer (North America) or thicknesser (UK and Australia): a woodworking machine for making boards of even thickness
  • Planer (metalworking): a metalworking machine-tool having a reciprocating work table and a stationary cutting tool
  • Jointer (North America) or planer (UK and Australia): a woodworking machine for making flat surfaces and straight edges on boards


  • Franz Planer (1894-1963), cinematographer who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s
  • Nigel Planer (1953- ) English actor, comedian, novelist and playwright

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