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Blog entry by pashley posted 2318 days ago 903 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was planing down some 8” wide 4/4 oak stock, and since I only have a 6” jointer, figured I could run it thru the planer, and it would eventually come out flat.

I got down to about 3/4” and of course, it wasn’t. DOH!

Not wanting to thin the boards down even more, I thought biscuits would make everything pretty darn flat – at least enough to let me sand it flat.

It seems as though it will. I have the whole 33” square piece in clamps right now..seems pretty flat right now….hope for the best!

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com



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Grumpy

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#1 posted 2318 days ago

Keep those fingers crossed Patrick. I can’t see why it won’t work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 2318 days ago

Since I too only have a 6” jointer, my solution is to use 6” stock in my glue ups. After jointing and planing I use biscuits to glue it up.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#3 posted 2318 days ago

Link to: A sled for your planner

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#4 posted 2318 days ago

Patrick, there was an article in one of the mags (I think it was Wood) that had plans for a planer sled. With one of those, you can get one side flat before you flip it over and flatten the other. I too have a 6” jointer and that is on my list of things to make for the shop as soon as I get the time. If the bow isn’t too bad you may be ok. What is this going to be for? If it is for a table top, you may be able to control it a bit with the way you fasten it to the aprons.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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pashley

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#5 posted 2318 days ago

Yep. Gotta get me one of those sleds. I don’t know why I didn’t use 6 inch boards; guess trimming it to that size would be wasteful…

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#6 posted 2318 days ago

When you do glue ups with biscuits on flat panels make sure you mark the pieces so you cut all the slots indexed on either the top or bottom side of the panel or you might have more trouble than you are trying to cure. my 2 cents….DAMHIK

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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blackdogwoodshop

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#7 posted 2318 days ago

Another option is to first flatten one face with hand plane. After that, you run it through your planer to flatten the other face. Good luck!

-- Daniel, Southern Indiana -- "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." -- http://blackdogwoodshop.etsy.com

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#8 posted 2317 days ago

I recently restored an antique mahogany dressing table. The top had split, and one of the portions that split was badly bowed. I dont have a planer or a jointer, but having them would not have mattered, because they would have straightened the piece to the thickness of a piece of paper.

I tried getting the piece wet and clamping it to my workbench and no dice. Then I saw an ad on TV about this machine that uses steam to clean soap scum from the shower… you may have seen it. And the proverbial light bulb lit over my head.

After much searching, found it in Target. With steam and clamps, I had that piece straightened out in no time at all. Edge glued it to the other part of the top, using biscuits mostly to get one flat face, and bada bing, finished the piece. Now if I can get myself motivated to stain and finish it…

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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