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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 2268 days ago 9523 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a planer sled, which is used with a thickness planer. It allows you to take a board that is to wide for your jointer and flatten one side. Then that flat side can be used without the sled to flatten the other side, with your thickness planer I based this sled on one Keith Rust did for Fine Woodworking. You can see how I made the sled over at a blog I did. I’ve used it a couple times now and it works really well. It’s also very easy to build.





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#1 posted 2268 days ago

very cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 2268 days ago

Nice! I might have to borrow it some day ;)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 2268 days ago

cool idea. I’m guessing you measure both ends from the bottom board and level the strips accordingly.

-- JJohn

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#4 posted 2268 days ago

You could measure, but I have just been doing by eye. The boards I’ve worked with so far have been somewhat flat. If I had a board that had a lot of twist or was a lot thinner on one side/end, I might grab a ruler.

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#5 posted 2268 days ago

I would think a level would be more effective than a ruler.

That’s what I use. It helps if you can’t remember numbers! :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 2267 days ago

I remember the article in FWW. Good to hear that it works well. Great looking bench behind it. Your design?

-- Bob

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#7 posted 2267 days ago

Bob – no the bench isn’t my design, it’s a Holtzapffel bench.

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#8 posted 2267 days ago

I’m with Bob. Nice sled, but show us the bench!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#9 posted 2267 days ago

This is a nice sled. I currently am using screws to level the board but this looks to be a better solution. I may have to “borrow” some of your ideas.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#10 posted 2267 days ago

For those interested in the bench you need to checkout at my blog. The bench is almost done, I hope to finish it this weekend and post the final pictures.

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#11 posted 2267 days ago

I built one of these 3 years ago, mine is 15” wide by 7’ long, using 2 pieces of 3/4 MDF laminated together for maximum stability – they work really well and have helped me out endless times. BE WARNED. The combined weight of the sledge and a matching size of 2” oak is very heavy – rollers are recomended for moving the sled and wood from the out to in feed.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#12 posted 2266 days ago

I agree, the weight adds up fast. I have a “lunchbox” style planer and it can be very tippy if you don’t have it secured properly.

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#13 posted 2260 days ago

Thanks for the post Mike. This is a better design than the one I had been considering to salvage some 10/4 oak that is twisted really badly.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 1713 days ago

Guess this is an old post but none the less I just ran accross it. Very nice idea, we don’t subscribe to FWW but I”ve been toying with a way to salvage some qtrs syc out in the shop. This just may do the trick! Thanks!

-- - Michael [..for God's glory." 2 Cor. 10:31] Over 300000 species of trees, yet we take the credit for their beauty...

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#15 posted 1713 days ago

Michael,

I’ve used the sled a few more times, since I posted this project. It is still working really well. I have found it to be a useful item to have around the shop.

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