|Project by whope||posted 07-28-2015 11:37 AM||3012 views||9 times favorited||9 comments|
I made a couple of changes in the details of the planer sled of Keith Rust (FWW). First the local Blue Box Store’s 1/2 inch plywood was a joke, so I went with 3/4” birch and a pair of oak 1×2s inbetween. The ‘risers’ are also 3/4 oak sticks trimmed down to 1 inch. Most everything else is from what I could glean from the video. I’ll probably replace one of the 4’ bungee cords with a 3’ one.
The whole project, minus the glue-up time and the trip to the BBS, less than a couple hours.
The length is 8’ and the width is just shy of 11”. Considering making a shorter one. I’ve 6’ pieces this time, but the sled is quite big for pieces shorter than that.
Update: Last night I ran 2 pieces of 6’ x 7” 8/4 african mahogany through my planer using the sled. I may go back and make the supports a full 1” to help keep the board in place. I will at some point add cleats or something similar to the leading edge as done by PJ72 as I did have the planer rollers pull the board forward a bit a couple times. (I didn’t laminate the bottom of my sled).
The sled performed fairly well. My shop layout leaves something to be desired. I have a pair of roller stands for supporting in/out ends of the sled. Unless they are perpendicular to the direction of travel, the sled rolls to one edge or the other. Getting the sled back to the other side of the planer was the hard part. Keith’s video addresses this.
- Ball bearing stands similar to what Rockler sells
- Put my planer on a cart instead of using my table saw
- Some sort of return support (such as a length of PVC pipe) or another ball bearing stand
-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.