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#1 posted 02-13-2013 09:10 AM

live4ever, that is one large, thick, heavy sled! Not sure how it handles a cupped board rather than a twisted board. He did some design stuff different then I would: bungee cord? I would have just floated the laterals on a 1/4 bolt with an unthreaded shank set into an insert and secured with a nut.

Making left and right supports would have handled a cupped board; the cross strips were making point contact anyway since the board isn’t flat and is rigid.

Instead of friction strips, he used stair tread material, a vertical board maybe 1/2” taller than the supports or even adjustable would have prevented the feed from dragging the board off the sled.

Did he really need two 1/2” boards with a 1” spacer between them for bending strength? One 3/4” sheet of plywood (or two glued together) wouldn’t have been strong enough? After all, when pressure is on it is supported by the planer. His roller couldn’t have been than level with the planer bed.

There are some nice Steel City planers. Under $500 with cutter heads and nothing but excellent reviews on Amazon (12 on each of 2 models). The knife version is under $300. Both much nicer price points, especially since the planer looks like a longer term investment.

Loren, where do you find the Inca units? I can’t find any for sale.

The Rikon 10” seems more manageable to get into the basement. However, the 12” seems a lot more manageable with respect to switching from jointer to planer and for using as a planer. However, it would need to be partially disassembled to get it into the basement: removal of the infeed/outfeed tables, fence isshipped unassembled and the fence mount needs to removed and reinstalled according to the manual. That will require realignment of the tables. The remaining unit would have the skid cut down to the size of the unit and then maneuvered on an appliance cart.

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