So you got yourself a planer? In that case, you probably have some amount of handy skills and maybe even a DIY streak. But are you aware of how to use a planer? It might seem daunting at first but this is an easy woodworking tool to use.
If you got one of those tabletop variants, then all you need to know are the two knobs. One controls the depth of the cut and the other controls the grade of the cut. Always remember that one is slower than the other.
To operate a planer, you simply try and fit the board in. If the entry slit does not accept then just increase the blade height as it is sitting too far down. You should be able to get the board inside the planer. Once you get the board inside, set the cut grade and off you go.
Just remember to gradually increase the depth as you don’t want the teeth eating into the finish of the final product. Usually taking off no more than 1/32 of material leads to good results. This helps in ensuring that there are no dips.
To make things easier and less physical you could get feeder tables. This helps in working with more wood blocks since you can simple slide them in and let them rip.
The best way to learn the art of leveling wood blocks is to just get started. Take material off slowly and be patient.
What about hand planers? With hand planers there is little to learn or experiment. You simply set the depth to which you wish to cut and draw a line on the board corresponding to this depth. Then off you go with the slicing and dicing. It is really that simple.
Most DIY projects do not really need an expensive tabletop planer. A handheld variant will suffice and besides they come cheaper than a pair of Nikes.