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11-30-2015 03:37 PM

I have several log rounds that I need to have consistent dimensions . right now they are not consistently flat and range from 7/8 to one and a quarter or thicker. I need them flat and consistent thickness. I’m trying to decide what the correct tool for this is. I own a belt sander , but as it stands I’ve had a difficult time dimensioning the rounds. I’ve considered buying a power planer, some hand planers or a benchtop planer, however i have yet to see a good method for doing what i need to accomplish. See pics below:


Thanks for any and all advice!!!!!

-Chris

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 03:51 PM

How about a router and a jig? Make a jig to hold the slabs. Let the router ride on the top rails of the jig. You can set the router to thickness plane the slabs to your desired thickness.

Here’s one example.
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#2 posted 11-30-2015 03:58 PM

+1 on router jig.

Good luck!

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 05:26 PM

Drum sander, lathe, or router jig

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 05:43 PM

It will be nearly impossible to plane those w/ a power planer as they are end grain. The above suggestions are better.

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 05:55 PM

The jig idea seems fantastic, i have a good router to use and some good bits. My question with that is how do you do level out surfaces that are not completely flat on one side? if you look at the pieces the cut is not smooth and flat.

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 06:10 PM

You may have to flatten one side then flip to mill to desired thickness.

Are these cookies dry. As thin as you are looking at the can curl like a Pringles potato if you are not carful.

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 06:11 PM

Shim it up, flatten one side, turn it over, remove shims, finish.
Need to create a way to hold it in place after shimming.
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#8 posted 11-30-2015 06:34 PM

+2 router jig!

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 06:43 PM

i’m totally going to attempt to build a router jig if it works it should help tremendously.


You may have to flatten one side then flip to mill to desired thickness.

Are these cookies dry. As thin as you are looking at the can curl like a Pringles potato if you are not carful.

- JKMDETAIL


these are not completely dry but have been drying about 4 or 5 years.

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#10 posted 11-30-2015 09:46 PM


these are not completely dry but have been drying about 4 or 5 years.

- XquietflyX

The SLICES have been drying 4 or 5 years, or the LOGs have been drying 4 or 5 years? Either way, I’d think they should be dry after that long.

And I hope you have more of the uncut logs, because you’ll want to cut them thicker then needed to allow room to flatten and sand them.

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#11 posted 11-30-2015 11:02 PM

The logs have been drying that long.
I have a couple logs drying for this project.

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#12 posted 12-01-2015 12:52 AM

Router with a straight bit, also wax your jig and the router.

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#13 posted 12-01-2015 03:11 AM

+1 on cutting them thicker next time. Give yourself some room to correct an error if the router jig dives deep.

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#14 posted 12-01-2015 03:26 AM

If you are cutting them on the band saw, place the log on a flat board and use shims to square one end against the table. Get a 1X and attach it to the end of the log and screw a piece of wood (however thickness you are aiming for) to the top of the 1X that is extending above the log. Use that as a guide to make your cuts.

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#15 posted 12-01-2015 12:49 PM

Good idea Mahdee .

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