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Trestle Table for Dining Room #1: Planer Sled Construction

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Blog entry by scopemonkey posted 05-02-2010 01:14 AM 2595 reads 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Trestle Table for Dining Room series Part 2: Small Jointer: No problem! »

I have been asked to build a large dining room table for a friend out of some very large pieces of VG fir. The wood has sentimental value for her and has been sitting in her barn for about a decade. We sat down and discussed various design options, and she has decided on a trestle style table using breadboard ends on the top. Sounded like a lot of fun to build, but I immediately ran into the first problem:
The Problem...(The Problem)!

I only have a small 6” jointer. The boards are 9.5 inches wide and 7 to 8 feet long. So….Time to finally build the planer sled I saw at finewoodworking.com I made mine out of two 8’ long pieces of melamine shelving from the local big box store. I cut some grooves and glued/screwed them together with pieces of MDF. I figured the MDF would stay more stable than wood with humidity changes. The supports are adjustable with the wedges, and I cut the corresponding slots for the wedges at the same angle so the wedge doesn’t cause the support to tilt. The supports sit on two strips of non-slip stair tread material, which is also attached to the tops of the supports. Rubber “bungee cords” attached to dowels in the ends keep things from falling off. Screws in the ends of the supports keep the wedges in place.

Planer Sled Construction(planer sled construction)!
Adjustable Braces(adjustable braces)!

The sled came out dead flat and the non-slip material works fantastic. I can push the entire assembly across my makeshift assembly table with just the weight of the board. Now..time to plane (I mean….joint)
8' Planer Sled(finished sled)!
Ready to Face Joint<img src=" title="Ready to Go!" alt="Ready to Go!" />

-- GSY from N. Idaho



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Julian

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 03:25 AM

Looks like a sweet jig. I saw that one in the magazine and figured if I ever needed to face joint an 8’ board that this would be the way I would go about it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 03:28 AM

Good Jig looks super.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 01:05 AM

Looks perfect, but did it work well? We may never know.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Gregn

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 01:30 AM

Saw the video on this jig and have thought of building one myself, but maybe a bit shorter version. Good job on the sled.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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scopemonkey

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 01:43 AM

Stefang….
I will be posting how it works later. Unfortunately, I have to open the doors of my shop to run long pieces through my planer and it has been raining non-stop for a week. Once the weather lets up and I can run it through, I plan on posting the progress of the table build.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 08:55 PM

Sorry, I was just trying to be funny, I have seen the one in FWW so I am sure it will work just fine.You did a great build on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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scopemonkey

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 01:43 AM

No offense taken, my friend. I have posted the results of the sled/jointing process in the second part of this blog. The sled worked perfectly and other than the usual bit of snipe at the ends of the boards, they came out great. This sled design really works well. Unfortunately, my wife no longer believes me when I whine that I NEED a larger jointer. Darn!

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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stefang

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 02:38 PM

Maybe you should just tell her that you won’t be happy until you get one and that you know she wants you to be happy. It’s always good to have a back-up plan!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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