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Forum topic by Case101 posted 10-14-2014 10:55 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2014 10:55 PM

I’m in the process of making some boxes. I picked up some fancy wood for doing double dovetail corners. The stock is 3/4” I need to plane it down to 3/8. I only want to plane down what I need from the 24” length I have so I need to plane down about 6” worth.

I’m considering the purchase of a thickness planer, for this and other projects.
I found the woodsmith sled here does anybody have any experience they would like to share regarding using a sled or other methods?

I also thought about using my table router and just doing pass after pass over the approximately 5” x 6” piece of wood I need to get down to 3/8” inch. Thoughts?

I found a jig using a router as a planer, with the router mounted to a board with a supporting frame suspending the router over the workpiece. Makes sense that you could just use a router table instead?

Another method I found, hot glue on sacrificial strips. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance,

-- John, New Jersey

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 01:00 AM

Personally, I’d never plane half the thickness from any kind of “fancy wood” but rather resaw it then finish plane it to final thickness. A thickness planer would be your best bet from a results standpoint, but depending on what species and grain orientation you’re trying to plane, that could be problematic too.

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 02:12 AM

Instead of shaving off half the value of your wood, how about re-sawing it so that you can get 1/4” and 3/8” thicknesses after planing/sanding? Depending on the price of the wood, and number of projects, that could pay for the cost of a bandsaw and sander. Something to think about. Making many projects would help reduce the cost through amortization.

I buy some pretty expensive wood, because I get it at near net size. Some of it comes to figures like $180 per board foot! If I had to make a lot of projects with thin enough wood, the above- mentioned process is what I would use.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 10:26 AM

Thanks for the info, I agree my last resort will be to mill the wood off. I’m working on getting a 14” tilting head bandsaw going that was my fathers.


-- John, New Jersey

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 02:27 PM

+1 for re-sawing.

I had some cupped and twisted 8/4 Maple and having no Jointer I built a quick 24” sled from mdf. Took about 20 minutes. First try was hot glue right on the mdf. not so great as you can see.

Second shot I used duct tape in between the mdf and hot glue. That worked great.

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