Planer Sled

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 06-05-2008 05:52 AM 16659 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a planer sled, which is used with a thickness planer. It allows you to take a board that is to wide for your jointer and flatten one side. Then that flat side can be used without the sled to flatten the other side, with your thickness planer I based this sled on one Keith Rust did for Fine Woodworking. You can see how I made the sled over at a blog I did. I’ve used it a couple times now and it works really well. It’s also very easy to build.

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 05:55 AM

very cool…

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 06:19 AM

Nice! I might have to borrow it some day ;)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 01:57 PM

cool idea. I’m guessing you measure both ends from the bottom board and level the strips accordingly.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 03:50 PM

You could measure, but I have just been doing by eye. The boards I’ve worked with so far have been somewhat flat. If I had a board that had a lot of twist or was a lot thinner on one side/end, I might grab a ruler.

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 04:37 PM

I would think a level would be more effective than a ruler.

That’s what I use. It helps if you can’t remember numbers! :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 01:34 AM

I remember the article in FWW. Good to hear that it works well. Great looking bench behind it. Your design?

-- Bob

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 01:46 AM

Bob – no the bench isn’t my design, it’s a Holtzapffel bench.

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 07:55 AM

I’m with Bob. Nice sled, but show us the bench!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#9 posted 06-06-2008 03:41 PM

This is a nice sled. I currently am using screws to level the board but this looks to be a better solution. I may have to “borrow” some of your ideas.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 06-06-2008 03:49 PM

For those interested in the bench you need to checkout at my blog. The bench is almost done, I hope to finish it this weekend and post the final pictures.

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#11 posted 06-06-2008 08:18 PM

I built one of these 3 years ago, mine is 15” wide by 7’ long, using 2 pieces of 3/4 MDF laminated together for maximum stability – they work really well and have helped me out endless times. BE WARNED. The combined weight of the sledge and a matching size of 2” oak is very heavy – rollers are recomended for moving the sled and wood from the out to in feed.

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#12 posted 06-06-2008 09:04 PM

I agree, the weight adds up fast. I have a “lunchbox” style planer and it can be very tippy if you don’t have it secured properly.

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#13 posted 06-13-2008 06:49 AM

Thanks for the post Mike. This is a better design than the one I had been considering to salvage some 10/4 oak that is twisted really badly.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 12-11-2009 11:09 PM

Guess this is an old post but none the less I just ran accross it. Very nice idea, we don’t subscribe to FWW but I”ve been toying with a way to salvage some qtrs syc out in the shop. This just may do the trick! Thanks!

-- - Michael "Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty..."

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#15 posted 12-12-2009 12:03 AM


I’ve used the sled a few more times, since I posted this project. It is still working really well. I have found it to be a useful item to have around the shop.

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