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Ridiculously Simple Planer Jig

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Project by Wingstress posted 2041 days ago 5272 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

planning small pieces

Also, I found if you hang the piece off the edge about .25-inches, its easy to verify the thickness with some calipers

Let the Part overhang

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





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 2041 days ago

thanks for the great tips : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2041 days ago

This is a nice idea. I use a similar setup when using my planer on wide stock but have never tried it with short stock.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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DocT

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#3 posted 2041 days ago

Tom, I’ve always had trouble getting the piece off the tape too!

Recently I heard that a splash of acetone along the edge of the taped piece just dissolves the adhesive and the piece will “pop” off easier. I haven’t had occasion to try it yet, and maybe someone else can chime in who has tried this technique.

-- tracyturnerstudio.com

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GMoney

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#4 posted 2041 days ago

I like it, good idea and thank you for the tip. Will most likely use this at some point.

The tape removal: I bought some double stick tape that is like masking tape a few months back and it’s a bit easier to separate boards with this. It’s made for compound cutting by stacking.

BTW, I’m in New Britain.

-- Greg, CT

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#5 posted 2041 days ago

That looks easy now that you’ve done it. We all need to be lead by the hand the first time, after that its easy.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 2040 days ago

Ridiculously simple is right. It is so simple that I am kicking myself for not thinking of it myself. I had a similar problem when working on Christmas gifts last month and went the long way with scrub plane. This would have been so much easier. Thank for the great idea!

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USCJeff

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#7 posted 2039 days ago

Well done, this is an improvement on what I’ve been doing. I’ve been only using the tape for the piece itself. Good call taping pine to take the snipe. My benchtop planer definitely has some snipe.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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lotus

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#8 posted 2035 days ago

I have been using Hot Glue to hold the ends of the work to the sled. Only on the ends and sides though. Work pops off with a stiff hammer slap.
Will have to try the tape sometime soon.

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#9 posted 2014 days ago

I like ridiculously simple jigs, free is also good.

-- Pie

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#10 posted 1983 days ago

good trick , I’ve had good luck using a heat gun to get the tape loose.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Andy

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#11 posted 1670 days ago

This is great!
Double stick tape is better than hot melt glue, one reason is that it keeps the wood flat and therefore an even thickness after its planed. Hot melt tends to kick up one side a little more than the other, resulting in a tapered piece. You only need to use two narrow strips to secure your wood.

To release from the tape:
Drill several 3/8’’ sized holes through your base board before hand, which will let you insert a pencil (eraser end up) through the bottom to push off the small piece of wood.

Thanks for posting this Tom,
Andy

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 1670 days ago

I’m glad that this came around again : ) Maybe we need a spot here on LJs just for tips and jigs to be posted on.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Chelios

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#13 posted 1670 days ago

why not just use a block or bench plane for this? it would have been much quicker and easier…

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Wingstress

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#14 posted 1669 days ago

Hey guys, thanks for the comments. Andy, I really like the idea of the holes and popping it off. I think I’ll try that. (Oh yeah, I’ve finally found the box top that I want to try your box tutorial with. Hopefully I’ll have some thing in the up coming weeks) Thanks! Chelios – call me crazy but I don’t own any hand planes…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#15 posted 1669 days ago

Very interesting! I have thought about this type of jig for a long time and never tried it.
Thanks for taking the first step for me and the rest of us. You have inspired me to get on
with it. It works indeed!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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