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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 09-21-2014 04:43 AM 1313 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2014 04:43 AM

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Just wondering if anyone has figured out how to set a stop for repeatable planing operations? My planer has 3/4 and 1/2 inch stops. I need to mill some 5/8 inch stock for the drawers I am building.

I took a glance at the turret. It appears to be similar to the turret on my router. I sure would like the capability to set it at other thicknesses.

Your thoughts appreciated.
Thanks
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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#1 posted 09-21-2014 06:58 AM

I mill all my pieces ( and some spare stock) at the same time so i don’t use a stop. Milling them all at once ensures they are all the same thickness…not necessarily the correct thickness just the same :-)

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 12:34 PM

You could attach a shim to the1/2” stop with double sided tape that will stop the head movement at 5/8”. I’m guessing 1/8” thick minus the thickness of the tape will do it.

Personally, I usually do like Mark and try to mill everything together. In the rare cases I need an extra part after the fact, I’ll just mill ‘till I can’t feel a difference between the reference part and the new part, when I put both on a surface and slide my fingers back and forth across the butted edges.

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 02:15 PM

Thanks.
In a perfect world, milling all at once would be great but more often than not, I wind up doing it in several batches.
Ha ha…you guys don’t ever cone up one board short? :-)

I had thought about a shim. Certainly not something metal. I will take a loser look see what I can do.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 02:35 PM

MT, the 3/4” stop is adjustable and you should be able to set it to 5/8. Hopefully you can read this.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 04:08 PM



MT, the 3/4” stop is adjustable and you should be able to set it to 5/8. Hopefully you can read this.

- firefighterontheside

Dammitman, I am on it! Thanks.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 04:41 PM

Good luck.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 07:56 PM

Bill, many thanks from me and I’m sure others also for that info. larry

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 08:01 PM

Mill a test piece and put a bit of blue masking tape coinciding with where the adjustment handle is at that time. When milling the next set of parts stop at that place on your tape mark. You will be within 2 thousandths, I do this all the time. Good luck with your next project.

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 08:19 PM

I’ve never used the stops, but just the other day I was cleaning my planer and was looking at the stops. If it hadn’t been for me cleaning it the other day I would have had no idea. I usually just do the plane it some more and then set it next to another piece until I cannot feel a difference.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 09-21-2014 08:31 PM



Mill a test piece and put a bit of blue masking tape coinciding with where the adjustment handle is at that time. When milling the next set of parts stop at that place on your tape mark. You will be within 2 thousandths, I do this all the time. Good luck with your next project.

- exelectrician

Actually, I have a few pieces I can use. :-) I have the first six drawers ready to go, but I have to start over with the material I just bought for the remaining 16 drawers. That is why I want to be able to duplicate the thickness.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 09-21-2014 08:52 PM

Nice looking project you have going there, looking forward to the completed photos.

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#12 posted 09-21-2014 09:54 PM



Nice looking project you have going there, looking forward to the completed photos.

- exelectrician

Thanks. More info about the drawer construction can be found here.
http://lumberjocks.com/MT_Stringer/blog/42579

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 09-21-2014 11:43 PM

Here are my preliminary findings.
After cleaning up the chips, I cranked the carriage up and took a closer look. The adjustment bolt has a nut to tightened it in place.

The instruction manual says to adjust the bolt up or down. Well, it is already bottomed out. Can’t go lower. :-( I could set it to cut a little thicker but not less than 3/4 inch.

Here is a pic after I removed the nut.

And here is a pic with a a workpiece sample (5/8 inch thick) and the bolt with no nut. It is slightly lower than the work piece. I measured the nut. It is 19/128 inch thick, which in plain layman’s terms, is a little fatter than 1/8th inch.

The turret has a little play in it’s movement. I tried to remove the screw so I could inspect it, but the screw was tight so I stopped for the evening.

I am tempted to remove the turret and try to drill one of the other stops. Probably have to drill the 1/4 inch stop because the 1/2 inch is almost identical to the 3/4 height (without the bolt).

Unless I can figure out something, I may have to give up for now and move on. I do have some playing cards I could cut up for shims. That is a thought I hadn’t considered.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 09-22-2014 12:17 AM

Figures. Could you perhaps file the top of the bolt down so that when it is ran all the way in it is at 5/8?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 09-22-2014 01:26 AM


Figures. Could you perhaps file the top of the bolt down so that when it is ran all the way in it is at 5/8?

- firefighterontheside

I think my picture is a little misleading. The square is sitting almost even with the top of the adjustment bolt. But the turret seems a little loose so if you press lightly on the stop, it will depress slightly. So, I could insert a shim or two under the head of the bolt. Trial and error should get it right. But I will probably loose that little nut. :-(

The instruction manual doesn’t have a parts sheet so I need to look for one. I wouldn’t mind buying another turret and drill and tap it so I could have some adjustments available like 5/8 or 13/16 and put the original back at the 3/4 setting.

But that will have to wait until I finish our kitchen remodel.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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