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#1 posted 03-13-2019 09:46 PM

Any flat board will work as a sled, no reason to make one. Often people put a cleat on one end of a sled with the intention of keeping the wood from sliding off the sled. But then they run the sled through the planner backwards so the cleat does nothing. This only proves the cleat isn’t really needed.

The sled doesn’t even need to be all that rigid. The only requirement is that when you shim your board on the sled, the sled itself must be dead flat. A table saw top could be used for this. The bottom of the sled becomes the reference surface. You need to secure things a bit, but even tape should be enough to hold the shims in place

I say this to point out that a sled is no big deal and since you mentioned that you had a bad shoulder.

-- Clin

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