Planer sled; maiden voyage

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Project by Kwit posted 09-08-2013 07:59 PM 3186 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this using the ideas from FWW magazine and various LJ’s posts

I never thought I would need one of these – now I don’t know how I’ll get by without one

Used it to get some 76” planks of walnut for my next project

I got down to a very flat and straight board with only taking off about 3/16” – I still have some thickness to plane down (3/32” or so)

The initial set-up took some time – but I feel it was well worth it for some seriously straight and flat stock

Thanks to everyone here at LJ’s for posting their projects and jigs like this one

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 02:16 AM

That Walnut is beautiful : ) Nice sled.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 01:01 PM

very interesting, need to check this out closer, not ready for that long of a board but i am ready to try about a 3’ board sign, just got the centerline what is the cord running the length of the sled?

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 01:28 PM

what is that going down the middle? Some kind of feedback wire??

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 07:15 PM

I believe that “cord” running the length is actually a bungee to provide downward pressure on all the supports. Each support is adjustable at both ends to allow the supports to be customized to the twist/bow of a board and prevent it rocking as the sled moves through the planer. As the level of each support is customized to the specific board being planed the bungee keeps it pressed to the wedges at each end.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 08:45 PM

Correct Hobbes:

The rubber bungee down the middle keeps the blocks from sliding around freely

They can still move, but once fed through the planer- the downward pressure won’t affect them

I think you can do a search within PROJECTS for a “planer sled” – there will be links to youtube videos and plans that can better detail what I have made there.

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 05:07 PM

Awesome job. I built one of these from the same set of plans… been a great asset.. Then I got an 8 inch jointer so I havent used it as much. Well done and enjoy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 05:27 PM

Thanks for the explanation, it makes sense. Just goes to show, you never stop learning on this site.

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 05:04 AM

One big planner sled you made there and it looks nice too. I’d bet You sure can clean up a board quickly with it.

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