Planing Jig - Thickness Planing By Hand

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-22-2012 08:36 PM 6697 views 32 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This handplaning fixture for planing thin strips is featured in the Methods of Work, FW (Aug. 2004). I use it with a LAJ to make 1/8” thick pieces (up to 2 1/4” wide). By using different spacers, you can make pieces of other thicknesses – 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” etc.

This is how it works in general. Bandsaw a stock (with one flat side) slightly oversize (e.g. final thickness + 1/16” or so). Place a spacer of suitable thickness on the jig between the rails under the rough stock and plane the stock to final thickness.

For details on making spacers of different thicknesses as well as using the jig, please refer to the published trick.

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 08:51 PM

I think I get it, but what keeps the workpiece from sliding? Cool idea!

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 09:01 PM

The published tip (which I can’t reproduce in full due to copyright reasons) recommends clamping “a piece of wood to the end of the base to act as a stop, making sure the surface of the stop is below the level of the piece being planed.” In some cases, double-faced tape may be used on the spacer to keep the workpiece from bowing.

Instead of clamping, I plan to add/screw a removable stop at the end.

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:26 AM

Thanks. This will work great for smoothing out the saw marks from ripping the pieces. I’ve planed them before, but I had problem with getting the thickness even, especially at the beginning and end.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 01:01 PM

I can see many times where this would be helpful.

Thanks for posting.


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#5 posted 07-23-2012 11:58 PM

Or you could get one of these.....

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 12:40 AM

Very cool idea. I wish I had the bridge city version, but I have a better chance of being hit by lightning.

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 11:46 PM

Great idea for a jig, wonderful job, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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