Planing sled jig for clocks

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Project by RockyBlue posted 02-12-2012 02:47 AM 5633 views 14 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this sled for flattening log slices to make clocks. I use a rotary planer on my radial saw and run it back and forth over the piece till its flat enough to sand. The sled is made from a leftover piece of MFD slatwall. This worked very well for providing me with T-slots every 3 inches. This could be a great platform for any jig that needs hold downs in various places, but not always the same spot.

For the first face cut that will be the back of the clock, I clamp it down and plane all I can. Then I move the clamps from left to right and finish the cuts. I also made 4 small blocks to “block in” the workpiece so it won’t move. I drillled a grid of countersunk holes thru the jig. This is used to hold the clock piece down when cutting the second face that will be the clock face. I use 4 screws to hold it down from the bottom, plus blocking it in.

So far I have done 5 clocks on the sled and it works like I want. It measures 17” wide by 36” long and is very heavy which is good. If you are building one, a better choice for the slatwall would be the style with aluminum t-slots. But since I already had this piece leftover, its good enough for now.

I could see a similar table being usefull on a drill press or whatever you can think of.

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 03:05 AM

Dang, this looks good – probably faster to plane than the router planer (bigger cut for each pass). Need to discuss the drill press idea with you a little more. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 02-12-2012 05:21 AM

Wow, that looks cool….. in a scary kind of way. I bet that is a hugh dust maker too. It looks like it will get the job done. Thanks for sharing. By the way, the finished clocks look great.

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 02:43 PM

Great idea! Thanks for posting!

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 03:42 PM

Now thats a great idea for making jigs, slatboard!
I’ve hung so much of the stuff I just didn’t think of it that way.
Also that’s a good idea for surfacing slabs.

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 08:51 PM

Great idea …thanks for sharing : )

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#6 posted 05-28-2012 12:58 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to You might win!

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