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Blog entry by whope posted 11-08-2020 08:12 PM 1087 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I often get boards that are wider than my 8” joiner. The planer sled that I made a few years ago is heavy and unwieldily for just one person.

So I made a jig with Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene and 3/4 plywood for my planer. It’s 8” wide to match the joiner.

As long as the board is under 12”, this jig works well.

Video on building and using is at: https://youtu.be/1A-gDASGxe8

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.



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Underdog

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#1 posted 11-09-2020 01:41 PM

Awesome! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
My jointer is only 6” wide, and I’ve had this problem several times, so this will come in handy.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 11-09-2020 07:26 PM

I’ve seen variants. I just took the best ideas and put it together :)

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#3 posted 11-09-2020 11:18 PM

Nice idea. So far I have only seen the type that slide through with the board, I like how yours is stationary.

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whope

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#4 posted 11-10-2020 01:44 AM

Since it’s stationary, it works with any length of board you can run through the planer. I was using carpet tape with 1/4 plywood. But the plywood scraps were never the correct length. And the tape would pull off the veneer when I removed it.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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#5 posted 11-27-2020 11:14 PM

That is an interesting way to approach it. I made a planer sled whereby you place the wide board on the sled and place shims under the high spots. After you run it though a few times and it is parallel with the sled, you remove the sled and flip it. I am thinking your way looks easier and can accommodate longer boards. Thank you for sharing.

-- Ken, New Hampshire, www.shapinggrain.com

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#6 posted 11-28-2020 03:56 PM

I made one like that (in my projects list). But by the time you put a large board on it, it was really too big and heavy for just me.

I may cut it down for small boards where it would be easier.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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