|Forum topic by lepelerin||posted 02-12-2014 01:30 AM||1072 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-12-2014 01:30 AM
Hi fellow LJ,
I will certainly need a planer sled in the following months. I will have approx 16 8’x8”x2.5” pieces of walnut and 6 8’x8”x2” of maple to flatten.
I am aware of the numerous sled designs on this site. I want to “store” it (when not in use) between the joists in my basement.
My goal is to make something stiff and relatively light and not expensive.
Or would it be better to go with a 3/4” thick mdf or plywood only and attach the aluminum tube on the side.
I do have some questions regarding my idea:
1) would 1/4 mdf or plywood thick enough?
2) would it be stiff enough?
3) Should I use a thicker side 1/2” or 3/4” on one side and 1/4 to make it stiffer?
If yes to the above questions, what would be the best way to attach the mdf or ply to the aluminum bar. I was think drilling holes and countersinking screws alternatively on both side.
What do you think? I am waiting for all the advice and critics to my idea.
I will let you know what I decide to do.
PS: If you have a better idea (which will certainly be the case) do not hesitate to share it.