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Blog entry by Chris Januski posted 05-13-2016 03:29 PM 601 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. I’m new to LumberJocks and wanted to start off by introducing myself. I’m starting my own small shop in Yonkers, NY. Initially it will be for small projects as a hobby, but would love to transition to something for profit. I worked under a Master Woodworker in Charleston, SC for a year a learned a great deal. My current tool inventory is unfortunately pretty small. I have an old table saw my father-in-law gave me (it definitely needs some TLC and a good tuning) and purchased a 13 Dewalt Planer. I don’t yet have a jointer and am trying to decide on how big to go, 8-10” would be nice, but 12” would be great. I’m just trying to justify the cost. So that’s a little about me. Hope to have some pictures posted soon of the projects I completed in Charleston.



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JimYoung

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 04:19 PM

Welcome to LJs, we look forward to your projects.

I have gotten by so far without a jointer. I have a 13 DeWalt planer and I have a sled with adjustable wedges for flattening boards. I’m limited to ~4 feet in length, but with a good infeed and outfeed system you could use this approach for longer boards.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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Chris Januski

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 06:47 PM

Thanks for the advice Jim. I saw a video on youtube of a guy making a sled for his planer using shims to level it out. Do you know where I can find plans for a sled or do you have any ideas of must have features?

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 01:18 PM

Hi Chris,

Just search for “planer sled” and you will come up with dozens of images. There is also a free video and article at FineWoodworking.com. which is what I followed.

The only thing I don’t like about my sled is the drywall screws for adjusting the wedges. They work fine, but are hard on your fingers tightening and loosening them if you’re milling a lot of wood. I haven’t come up with a better alternative yet.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 11:47 AM

Jim,

Thanks for the advice, it is much appreciated. Hopefully I’ll be planing some boards down soon.

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