|Project by Wingstress||posted 01-17-2009 08:17 AM||5725 views||9 times favorited||15 comments|
I wanted to use some walnut edgebanding for a box but found out that I barely had any in the shop. I found a 4” piece that I needed to plane down from 5/8 to 1/2”. Knowing that I couldn’t shove a 4” piece into my planer, I came up with this simple jig.
I simpley took a nice rigid flat board and used double sided tape to hold two pieces of scrap pine on either side of the walnut. (I also taped down the walnut). I then ran the whole assembly through the planner. The result was that the pine took all the snipe and the walnut ended up at the correct thickness. I found that with the “jig” I could actually plane quite small pieces. The picture below is .5X.5X4 inches long and its being thrown through a planner.
Also, I found if you hang the piece off the edge about .25-inches, its easy to verify the thickness with some calipers
The only drawback is getting the wood off of the tape. I ended up using a plastic scraper and a hammer (high tech right), but hey in pinch, its a pretty quick solution to working with really small pieces.
-- Tom, Simsbury, CT