|Project by AngieO||posted 08-19-2012 03:15 AM||8766 views||18 times favorited||38 comments|
Well…Today was a pretty busy day… in more ways than one. I got all my tools out and starting finishing up the jig I made last weekend. Last weekend I had thought I was finished when I realized it was too deep. So I decided to cut the rails down. Plus I put my bit slot in today.
I don’t have a planer and won’t any time soon so I wanted to have a way to plane down some boards that I have. I watched a few youtube videos and decided to make one. While the ones I saw on the videos were my inspiration… I didn’t have any plans to go by so I had to make it up as I went along. Here are a few pics of it.
I used 3/4” plywood for the base of the sled and the carriage.
I very patiently used my 3/4” straight bit to make my slot. I took off a small amount at a time and made multiple passes till I went all the way through.
I used some free pallet boards that a friend gave me for all the rails.
On the end of the carriage that I built I did end up adding a small board as a stop on the end. I added those on after I took the pictures.
Something I plan on making in the future is a cutting board. I wanted this sled deep enough that I could use this on a board that was 1 1/2” thick. But that meant it would be too deep (even after cutting it down) to do smaller boards like the 3/4” board I practiced on today. So I cut a piece of plywood to fit into the sled. It just slides in and out and gives me the thickness I need for the thinner boards.
I took an old pallet board and tested this out. It was about 3/4” x 3” x 14”. I used carpet tape to secure it to the base of the sled and planed down both faces, taking only a small amount off. I need to add some wax to it so that the carriage slides freely. Other than a few places where I used a little more pressure, it turned out pretty good.
Ok… so it’s plywood and pallet wood. I did not sand the rails before I attached them. (Sander is dead). And I just didn’t think it mattered. I’d like to hear suggestions on finishing it. I thought I’d just leave it like it is. But it gets pretty humid here and I wondered if I should put something on it. Would love to hear your feedback…. good and bad. :)
Oh… and I took the piece of board and made a box. It’s already glued up and now I just need to cut the lid off. Have to wait till tomorrow as everything is put away.