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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 01-14-2012 12:50 PM 2830 views 4 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2012 12:50 PM

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I saw tis article in Fine Woodworking magazine a while back. Thx to felllow lumberjock Mike Lingenfelter and his blog on making this jig as well. His efforts and pictures make it simple for anyone who wants to build this jig a big help.

I started with 5/8 baltic birch 5 feet long and 11 1/2 inches wide. The wedges are cut @ 15 degrees as well as the dadoes in the rib supports. I placed non-skid on the bottom’s of the wedges and on the top of the ribs. The screws can be tightened by hand which really speeds things up. The bungee cord keeps the ribs from moving around. I glued laminate down with contact cement and waxed for a smooth ride. I made a jig for the dadoes to be cut 15* through the ribs on my table saw.

Although this is heavy while using, it works like a champ it is very easy & quick to set up. I now can flattten up 12 1/2 boards in no time. I only have a 6 inch jointer so this was a great solution to assist me in making the table top for my outdoor dinning table with boards that are 11 inches wide.

All comments and questions welcome.

—Ken, “Everyday above ground is a good day!”

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

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 05:04 PM


I saw this before and wondered if there are any problems in repeating the stock alignment when making the second, third, etc passes thru the planer.


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#2 posted 01-15-2012 04:21 PM

That’s a nice addition to your shop, Ken.

Yoiu did a great job on it.


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#3 posted 01-15-2012 05:47 PM

Amazingly enough it stays in place the whole time, and works very well. The set up for each board only takes a min or two. I feel it was worth the time and effort to make this. The only thing is its a little heavy but with rollers on each side of the planer and a table next to the planer to silde it back to the opening of the planer makes it much more easier.

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

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 05:17 AM

Nice fixture addition to any planer .
If there is any movement in the cross braces I would use doweling for the braces to slide up and down on or a spline in a dado and held down with springs .
Also facing the wedges on both faces with anti slip material may have a benefit.
Screw adjusting the cross braces would allow for more braces and eliminate the need for holding the wedges in place and the wedges all together .
Just some ideas .


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#5 posted 01-17-2012 11:06 AM

Very interesting ideas! No movement that I can tell, I will have to mark them to really know. I think the wedges just make it so fast to set up its really nice.
Thx, I’ll give this some thought and look fwd to seeing yours if you do this as well. Some great ideas.

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

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