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Gene Howe

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02-05-2015 10:48 PM

I need to thickness several lengths of 3/8X3/8 stock down to 5/16 square. I’m skeered to use the planer or TS.
Can anybody point me to a youtube video or maybe a post on LJs where a disk sander or a small drum sander in a drill press is used to accomplish this task.

Thanks! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 10:52 PM

Gene, how about using the router table with some guides clamped in fron of the fence in front of the bit set it at 3/8 and behind the bit set it at 5/16 and push it thru. Eventually you will have to finish by pulling it thru. Then flip and do it again.

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

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 10:53 PM

Gene – check out this rig… could build something like it..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 10:58 PM

Gene – check out this rig… could build something like it..


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#4 posted 02-05-2015 11:10 PM

Gene how long is the material.
It would not be too skeery to cut a groove in a 2×4 lay your pieces in the groove and run the whole thing through a planer.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 11:11 PM

double stick tape it to another board and run it through a drum sander

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 11:21 PM

Personally Gene, I’d do it in the table saw, yes even my SS table saw. With a zero clearance insert and the push shoe I use it would be over in a few moments safely and accurately.
If not that I think jumbojack has a pretty good idea.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 11:34 PM

Thank you all.
OK, Maybe the TS, If I survive I’ll try the sanding jig Jeff and Dan referenced to smooth them.

The planer options have promise, too.

Bill, I thought of doing that way and decided against it because, down deep, I’m a chicken.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 02-05-2015 11:50 PM

Table saw with rip fence and side and downward pressing feather boards and a really skinny push stick. I’ve been able to put the wider part of the wood between the saw and the fence and get strips on the outer side of the saw as thin as 1/16”.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#9 posted 02-05-2015 11:54 PM

You could use a thin rip guide on the Table Saw.
I have the Rockler one and it will do exactly what you want.
Just use a push block that would be a throw away.
It’s really not that bad!
I have cut stuff down to 1/8” with that method.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#10 posted 02-06-2015 12:16 AM

I’d use the planer. My 735 will plane down to 1/8” with no problems. Place them side to side- tight together. plane to 5/16”. Rotate all of them 90 degrees and repeat.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 02-06-2015 12:25 AM

Oh yea! I never thought of that. I have a 735 myself and it would do a great job of thinning those pieces down.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#12 posted 02-06-2015 12:28 AM

Good to hear you are still working! I had a similar issue with slices for a bent lamination, and solved it by following the lead of Michael Fortune in his build of a set of bent lamination Outdoor Chairs. He used his Planer, with an auxiliary 3/4” melamine platen on the base, and lifted both ends of the piece as he planed them. I did the same, cutting slices at a fat 1/8” from a 4 squared, 4.5” x 2.25” x 68” blank, and ran them through the planer without a hitch. The end result was 5/32” thick, ready for glue up.

The method is to start the wood into the planer, lift the back end of the piece so the front of the wood stays flat on the new platen, and lift the planed end as it comes out of the planer. The action keeps the wood solid on the platen and prevents any snipe from occurring.

Hope this is of help.


-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#13 posted 02-06-2015 12:45 AM

I rip hardwood to ride in miter slots all the time. And other narrow stock on a regular basis for jigs and such. I just keep the blade low and use a scrap piece of ply as a push stick.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 02-06-2015 01:03 AM

Gene, I would do it EXACTLY as Lew recommended (unless you can’t afford to have any snipe on the ends). Plan B would be to run them through the drum sander I assume you DON”T have!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 02-06-2015 01:37 AM

Change the plans, so you can use the 3/8X3/8 stock as is….
Of course, that’s just me way of doin’ things!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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