Who said that using a planer sled is messy

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Project by JohnnyStrawberry posted 12-21-2012 10:20 PM 15942 views 57 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the middle of building our cherry dining table. Its top is going to be made from two 15-16” wide cherry slabs. Since my jointer has ‘only’ 12” capacity, a planer sled is a logical choice. But I’m always reluctant to use it because it’s pretty darn messy… (Photo 2) So I improvised some dust collection feature to it. I had always known that those potato crisps containers would come handy one time… This was the time. It is stapled to the sled. The brushes are made from two layers of PVC tarp (woven polyester core coated on both sides with vinyl). I perforated it about ¼” apart.
The actual dust hood takes away 3 inches from the gross capacity of 22” but it is well worth it. It is a dream to work with. Especially after I applied some high performance ball bearing grease under the router base plate. The hose is 2.5” and it is enough. But only because of the alignment of the dust hood. Since I climb cut the surface, the chips are flying directly towards me and the dust hood. That’s why this setup is so efficient. The last photo shows the two pieces of the table top.
Thanks for reading along.
Merry Christmas to you all LJs.
—- EDIT:
Here is the finished table:
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#1 posted 12-21-2012 10:33 PM

Great idea, I’m all for anything that keeps chips out of my face. Saves a lot of clean up time too. Thanks for posting this.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 10:59 PM

A simple but brilliant plan.


-- Ollie, UK.

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 11:00 PM

Very simple and ellegant. Such dust collector is one thing that is missing in my workshop garage. But since I don’t earn money by woodworking it will take some time to buy one. Anyway thanks for one more idea how to solve wide boards planning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 11:06 PM

Nice idea. Looks like it works well for you.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 11:21 PM

Brillant idea! Good luck on that table!
Merry Christmas!

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 11:30 PM

Excellent setup. I’ve been meaning to build one of these router sleds. Seeing yours just inspired me to get it done.


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#7 posted 12-21-2012 11:50 PM

Johnny you B good
Great idea.


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#8 posted 12-21-2012 11:59 PM

What is PVC hull material?

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#9 posted 12-22-2012 12:29 AM

Well done. Woodchips are fun but not cleaning for hours is more fun…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 12-22-2012 12:42 AM

great innovation to the sled

simple and clean

well done

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#11 posted 12-22-2012 01:02 AM

Bravo, excellent addition to this router sled. I had contemplated attempting this with the sled I posted on LJs, but I am too lazy to try this, I just sweep up the shavings.
Thanks for showing, now get it patented before you see it for sale on a vendor web site.

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#12 posted 12-22-2012 02:07 AM

What size bit are you using ?
Nice way to solve the wood chip mess issue : )

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#13 posted 12-22-2012 03:27 AM

Freak’n BRILLIANT dust control! And I know about it first hand… I made a much more crude sled for leveling my workbench and it made a HUGE mess. I have plans to make another sled for my antique pine, and your design goes to the top of the list.

btw, what is “PVC hull material”? Hull as in boat? Too thing for that obviously.

A couple extra close up pics of of the hose attachment would be appreciate!

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#14 posted 12-22-2012 07:06 AM

Now that’s a neat trick.

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#15 posted 12-22-2012 12:43 PM

Brilliant, a chip container for chip containment!

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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