Two thickness planer sleds

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Project by BOBAH posted 11-04-2018 06:33 AM 2638 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While working on my recent project, I needed to joint and plane a lot of material. I don’t own pointer, so I ended up building a jig that helps planing flat with thickness planer. I have got the idea from Issue 147 of Shop Notes magazine, also covered in great depth here.

The other sled allows planning board edges perpendicular to the sides, it is especially useful for narrow or square boards. It can also be used as jointing jig for table saw, tapering jig, flat sled for planning thin or short boards on thickness planner.

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 04:14 PM

Thanks. The video link was very instructive. I’m curious how much time it took you to make? It looks pretty time consuming…

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#2 posted 11-04-2018 05:20 PM

Good information

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 11-04-2018 06:02 PM

Nice video, thanks. I’ve got some projects coming up that will require a thickness planer sled. This one is a definite contender. Again, thanks…

PS – I like that G&G Night Stand. Nice work…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#4 posted 11-04-2018 08:59 PM

Excellent projects-and great motivation.

thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 11-04-2018 09:23 PM

That’s a great edge jointing and taper sled. Nice combo for a multi-use jig!

I put a great deal of effort into that exact planing sled a couple years ago because I had been “getting by” for so long. Ultimately I was disappointed. I found mine just didn’t stay solid and did not result in consistently flat faces on slabs. The forces of the planer rollers (dw734) eventually tore down the leveling bolts on the ends of the leveling platforms. They were loose and didn’t stay in place or level anymore at all. I thought I built it exactly to specs from the article, and I know others love them, but I just didn’t find it very useful long term. I’d love to hear how it works for you over the long haul.

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#6 posted 11-05-2018 04:40 AM

Sark, it took me three evenings 2-3 hours each. Not a super-quick project.

Kocgolf, it took me a while to learn to use it properly, and required some tweaking. The trick is to push down to the board and keep raising each block until it stops. The load of the board itself was not sufficient to find the right point to stop it. Another trick was to use T-nuts everywhere instead of relying on threading in the wood.

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#7 posted 11-05-2018 02:24 PM

nice job i made that same sled,havn’t much use for it so far though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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