planing long boards

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Forum topic by maddogio posted 07-18-2019 02:44 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2019 02:44 PM

I’ve spent the morning planing some boards that are too long for my workbench and am dealing with stability issues. Specifically, I’m removing overlap on some solid edge banding on 7.5’ long plywood that will be used for a closet organizer. I’ve put this on long (5.5’) sawhorses that are oriented perpendicular to the direction of planing. The boards are clamped to the horses and weighed down with a 50# bag of sand. I’m getting good, thin shavings. Still, the thing is dancing around.

How do folks typically deal with this, other that building a bigger, more stable workbench.

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#1 posted 07-18-2019 04:18 PM

Place 3, 2 X 4 X 8’s evenly spaced on your sawhorses, screw them down with removable wood screws, sink them deep enough so they don’t damage your panel. Lay you panel down on the 2 X 4’s and clamp it down. If it still moves you can add all the weight you want. When your done just pull the screws.

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 07:44 PM

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 07:45 PM

I saw a japanese planing beam on here somewhere. Just a beam that could be set up to plane on. Nice and easy. They guy was using it on the balcony of his apartment. Looks like it was about 3 meters long.

Here is is.

Japanese style planing beam.

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#4 posted 07-19-2019 07:54 PM

That beam is a good idea but one idea from that is that perhaps you can simply put your current setup so that it is against a wall, a bench or even a tree to perhaps make it a little less likely to move?

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#5 posted 07-19-2019 09:28 PM

I have laid them on the floor, and planes like I was planning floor boards. I was also younger then

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#6 posted 07-21-2019 04:19 PM

Thanks for the advice. I have a little bike/utility storage shed nearby. I might consider a way to hitch a beam up to that thing.

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