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Leveling jig for small boards

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Project by watermark posted 06-28-2014 08:01 PM 2203 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jig completely from scraps for leveling small boards or cutting boards.

I secured the rails with screws only so I can increase the height to work with thicker pieces.

It works with my bench vice and dogs to hold the jig in place and secure the piece you are leveling at the same time.

I had to remake it after my first attempt because I assumed the ply I was using for the base was flat …

I have some small changes to make to approve on it. I should have made the sliding clamp a tighter fit and the rails would be better if they extended past the rest of the jig a few inches to allow you to keep the sled straight all the way to the end of the work piece.

I am using a Magnate 1 1/2 bit for the leveling.

Thanks for looking

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb





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stefang

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 07:58 AM

Looks simple and effective. I like to hand plane small pieces when I can, but some of those gnarly pieces can be really difficult and this jig solves that problem. Good work and a great result on your workpiece too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 12:14 PM

Good little shop helper.
I made a down & dirty version myself, years ago.
These really make flattening a board easy.

BTW: The final project looks great!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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watermark

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 07:15 PM

Thanks Mike and Randy. I would like to get some good hand planes and learn the art of using them. I have a rough old one in the shop but I am struggling to get it set up just right.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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stefang

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 08:58 PM

Here is a plane set-up video from a real expert whose advice you can trust. He doesn’t cover sharpening, just tuning up and old or new plane. There are other videos out there about sharpening, but you need to find one that shows you how to use the sharpening things you have or intend to buy. There are also lots of videos showing how to correctly use a hand plane. Even with the tutorial videos you will still need to get some first hand experience. It can be a little frustrating to begin with, but it is like an investment that will give you good returns for the rest of your woodworking life. It’s wonderful to have a quick and easy way to flatten a smaller workpiece, joint edges for gluing or make small adjustments to your projects. It will also save you a lot money on sandpaper. Let me know if I can be of any help. I’m not and expert, but I can help you with the basics.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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watermark

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#5 posted 06-30-2014 06:09 AM

Thanks Mike, I can’t see a link in the post but I am interested in learning.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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stefang

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#6 posted 06-30-2014 09:47 AM

Sorry, I forgot to include the link. I just posted a blog here for newcomers to hand planing. I hope you will find it helpful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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