Carrier Board

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Project by wuddoc posted 07-26-2019 06:49 AM 1020 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since our surfacer and widebelt sander have a minimum thickness of wood that can safely be sent through either machine we created a carrier board for machining thin stock.

The carrier board is 3/4” x 12” x 30” MDF with a laminate top. A thin strip of wood, thinner than what we are going to plane or sand is attached with supper glue to the rear end of the carrier board. This stop strip ensures we do not get a kickback when machining the thin stock.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 07-26-2019 10:36 AM

Pretty cool idea. How does it work?

Nice job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 07-26-2019 01:50 PM


Very thin wood is flexible and the planer knives or sanding belt may tear it apart.

Place the wood to be planed or sanded on the carrier board with one end of the wood against the stop strip. The carrier board and the wood are run through the machines just like you would run a piece of wood through. Make sure the stop strip on the carrier board is the last item to be sent into the machine and the wood is securely seated against the stop strip thus preventing kick back.

We can plane or sand to 3/16” thickness but the thin wood is on the 3/4” thick carrier board making the total thickness 15/16”.

At school in a demo the Oliver machinery rep planed wood to 1/16” thick and even thinner on the widebelt sander using a carrier board..

-- Wuddoc

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#3 posted 07-26-2019 02:22 PM

Interesting. I was looking into making some earrings and other jewelry, and was trying to think of a way to safely get thinner surfaced wood. Great idea!

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#4 posted 07-26-2019 03:15 PM

yeah thats a great soloution and easy to make.thanks for sharing this.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 07-26-2019 05:21 PM

Great idea….well executed…easier and more functional than using a jointer! well done!

-- Mike

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#6 posted 08-03-2019 03:01 AM

Nicely done, including the label so everyone remembers what the piece is for.

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