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Plane Sled #1: Planer Sled for Thin Pieces

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 11-25-2015 05:20 PM 1286 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a job where I need some thin stock ( about 1/8”) and my planer does not crank down that low for some reason. I also have some blocks that are about 6 1/2” square that I resawed for this project and they spin around in the planer because they are so short. I have often thought of using a sled to carry them through the saw and now I really need something like that.

I planned to put a rail on the back for the cutter to cut against ,but the rollers push the wood through and with nothing in front of the piece, the small ones can spin so I put the rail on the front edge. It worked real slick!

It is a piece of 3/4” 13 ply maple plywood ( 12X16 ) that is real flat and an oak rail that sticks up 1/8”. I feed it through with the piece against the rail and it does a great job of making thin pieces. I made sure that the downside of the piece was flattened on the joiner first.

I thought I’d share this in case anyone else had this need.

Cheers, Jim

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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Richard

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 07:00 PM

Looks like you got it all worked out , Good Job. Bye the way how do like the Ridgid planner ? Seems to me the only Ridgid tool I ever owned and really liked was a Pipe Wrench , maybe just my bad luck but I pretty much won’t buy them any more unless they are the only option available and I need the tool right now.

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 07:39 PM

A very good / easy way of doing it… I have done the same type of thing… works good…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 09:21 PM

Jim wrinkles my brain (AGAIN). And now, that wrinkle is in my Favorites. (I’m getting so much out of LJs.)

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 10:10 PM

Hi Richard. This is the only Rigid power tool I own. I have 5 of their pipe wrenches. I bought it because my Delta planer was constantly sniping all the my pieces. I could not adjust out of it. Then I saw a guy making signs at a festival with a router and a planer- this rigid Planer- and it cut so nice and without any snipe that I bought it. I had a feed problem early on and it has a lifetime warranty so I took it to the Rigid repair shop and they put in new feed rollers and a new platen ( free) and it works real good now. I still have to clean the feed rollers with alcohol occasionally.

Hi Joe. I guess we think alike in a lot of ways!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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kiefer

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 10:22 PM

Interesting that it should work with the strip at the in feed side have to try that .
Now I wonder if a piece of sandpaper glued to the sled would help .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-26-2015 01:11 AM

Hi Klaus. I remember trying that with the rail at the back many years ago. It did not work so good and I gave up on it. I think I found thin stock and did not have to cut my own that time.!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-26-2015 03:04 AM

Another great idea that works for you Jim, I’ll keep that in the think tank.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 11-26-2015 09:44 AM

Looks like a smart solution Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 11-26-2015 12:09 PM

Thanks Bob and Mike. I do what I have to to get the job done. I made that plywood vise to do that and I use the thing all the time now!!.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 11-27-2015 02:34 AM

Jim. Very interesting. I will favourite this as I will eventually purchase a Planer and the more information I can get will be of great help. Thank you for posting this. The Machine I am very interested in is the Jet Combination with the Helical Head.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 11-27-2015 09:18 AM

Great sled, Jim! Scary when those small pieces start spinning!

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 11-27-2015 12:58 PM

Thanks cliff and Candy!!

Hi Cliff, they have a helical head planer at school and it takes a beating and keeps cutting so nice! Have not turned any of the inserts yet either.

Hi Candy, when they spin,it puts a weird pattern in the top and the corners get cut real low!! The parts have to be at least long enough to span the distance from the cutter to one set of drive rollers, the part can never be in there without any pressure on it even on the sled. You need to start with a dead flat bottom side.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#13 posted 12-22-2015 11:20 AM

Gr8 lil sled Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 02:35 PM

Thanks, Roger.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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