Planer sled

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Project by DMC1903 posted 02-04-2013 12:08 AM 6480 views 17 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJ’s
Here is a planer sled for a 12 1/2” planer, I followed the FWW plan on this type of sled , it’s fairly basic stuff
I used the wood(mdf)from an overpriced desk, I purchased from a office furniture store.
The supports are Alder, they too were scraps. The bottoms have 3m anti-slip tape.

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 12:36 AM

great sled,i’m sure it will come in can always use help on those long pieces.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 03:18 AM

I am very confused about what I’m looking at here.

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 03:47 AM

me too !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 03:50 AM

This is a sled for flattening wide boards, I have several planks that are 12”wide and did not want to cut them down to mill the boards. By placing the board on the sled and using the wedges to adjust the supports,to compensate for cuping or other infractions.Once, the adjustments are made and it’s level, i can run it through the planer for a clean flat cut.
The edge work is done wth a jointer, table saw, than a hand plane.
Here is a link to a Finewoodworking video demonstrating the how the sled works.

I took the photos on my phone, so the camera angles can be a bit confusing, hope the video help.

On a another note, the sled works smoothly

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#5 posted 02-04-2013 03:51 AM

Nice sled.

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 04:42 AM

Learned something today! THANX!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 02-04-2013 05:52 AM

Cool I learned something new, BUT now I have to find a place to keep it.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#8 posted 02-04-2013 06:48 AM

Nice sled. Thanks for the video.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 01:13 PM

I built this recently as well, curious how your results have been?

Mine have been alright, relatively flattened, but not as flat as the article lead me to believe. It’s a useful tool for sure!

Instead of recycled desk parts mine is MDF and Melamine – left over from another jig build.

-- Steve

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#10 posted 02-04-2013 04:25 PM

That is nice I have done something similar that involved a piece of high density particle board hot glue and a bunch of shims. Your way is soooooooooo much better.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#11 posted 02-04-2013 08:22 PM

How did you cut the 15 degree slots in the slats? That is the only thing I can’t figure out. I want to build one of these this weekend


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#12 posted 02-04-2013 09:58 PM

Thanks for the interest on the sled, So to answer some of the questions.

I used a bandsaw to cut the 15 degree angles on the supports, Just tilt the table to the proper angle and go for it.

The results are good,I used boards that were relatively flat, so I could take light passes wth the planer,hitting the high spots, a hand plane was neeeded to finish the boards to spec..
This is a specialty jig, that will collect dust and get in the way when not in use.

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#13 posted 02-04-2013 11:52 PM

DMC – that’s where I ended up as well. Got it close and then had to finish it out with hand tools. Still beat the pants off of doing the whole thing from scratch with hand tools.

Just to give a different perspective – I did the 15 degree angles on the supports using the table saw.

For anyone interested – I cut a wedge at 15 degrees using the miter saw. I used the wedge to set my table saw blade to 15 degrees and then cut a scrap 2×4 at a 15 degree angle. I reset my TS blade to 90, flipped my 2×4 wedge around and used it, along with the miter gauge, to cut my slots. I kept the blade set to a lower height so that I didn’t cut all the way through the support pieces.

-- Steve

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 01:39 AM

This is a terrific idea, and I found the video to be very informative. I have only one concern, though:

How do you prevent snipe? With my DW 735 planer, I always have to use a “forward” piece and a “rear end” piece to take the snipe. Needless to say, these pieces are sacrificial. Of course, if the original piece is longer than needed, I can just accept the snipe and cut it off after surfacing.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 02:27 AM

I too was concerned with snipe, however since my sled was longer than the board being milled, I didn’t have any issues. If the boards were longer than the sled, well, Yes there could be snipe.

I have an older planer, it would leave a nasty divot on the tail end,by having a long out feed platform, the snipe was greatly reduced.

Camps764, Great Idea!!!

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