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Forum topic by Greg Elam posted 02-23-2010 05:09 AM 3425 views 3 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg Elam

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02-23-2010 05:09 AM

I am still farly new to the site and was looking for a answer to my warped and twisted boards filling my wall in the shop. It seems the planer sled has been around for a while and I just didnt know. I came across the very well designed and simple sled by Keith Rust that I really liked. In laying out one of my own per Keith’s design I used a little different method for my runner adjustments. Once the vibration was eliminated (in the descriptions below) it worked much better and so far holds its adjustments very well.Take a look and let me know what you think.

Thanks for taking a look


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This is the planer sled fully assembled with exception to coming up short of anti skid material.
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One of the rails have been removed to show the t nut that adjust the runners up and down.
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Runners are 1”x1” and I drilled holes in the bottom of the runners 3/4” deep to help eliminate rocking side to side. Bolts slide in the runners snug and help with vibration. I still had to wrap bolts with teflon tape after these pics to eliminate vibration at the t nut.
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As you can see there is plenty of adjustment for those extra special boards.
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Adjustment is made with a nut driver. I typically use a floor mounted adjustable support when running thru the planer. So its pretty easy to adjust when one end is resting on the support and other on the infeed table of the planer. Disregard the two extra screw holes, rookie mistake.
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Just a end view reflecting by duct tape skills.
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-- Greg Elam - Berea, Kentucky


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bill1352

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 06:56 AM

Well thats a nice item. I never heard of it before either. Just watched a video on youtube showing it in use. now if I only had room for a 5’ set up..lol

-- Keep Your Stick On The Ice

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Greg Elam

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 07:34 AM

Bill, actually its only 48” long. It was suggested in one of the other forums you may want to decrease the spacing between the runners for thinner boards. They may want to bow under the pressure of the planer. Most of my lumber being thinner I added an additional runner for more support. Hey, you just gained a foot!

-- Greg Elam - Berea, Kentucky

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 07:45 AM

very well done .

enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 08:02 AM

I need one of these.

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the purpose of the cord? Is it to hold the runners in place?

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 08:57 AM

It looks like the runners are just essentially sitting on those bolts, not actually attached to them, and the bungee indeed keeps them in place on top of them

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 02:01 PM

Jeison, Brog – That is correct the bungee holds the runners down. I removed the runners at a point and put them back on to run a board thru. The runners fit snugly and putting them back in place felt like all were bottomed out against the bolt. One side of one the runners didnt bottom out until it was ran thru the planer. So my answer was to make sure when the runners are removed and replaced make certain they are bottomed out against the bolt (push down harder). And basically the bungee keeps them that way when the sled is stored or knocked around.

-- Greg Elam - Berea, Kentucky

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