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#1 posted 01-10-2011 12:50 AM

I make a “sled” from 1/2 inch plywood to plane rough and/or twisted wood.

Lay the board on the bench, and then place the sled on top of the board. Place tapered shims between the gaps caused by the twist in the board.

Screw the plywood to the board to the plywood in two places near opposite corners (in places that will be discarded or hidden in the final project). Make sure you countersink the screws deep enough so that no part of the screw head is exposed. Also make sure that the screw length is short enough so that they won’t be hit by the planer knives.

Run the sled/board assembly through the thickness planer until the top of the board is flat, remove the sled, and plane the opposite side.

If the twist is “large” you should rip the board into narrower pieces before planing or the finished board may be too thin for the project.

-- Joe


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