This is a question for those of you who regularly use a planer sled to face joint wide boards.
I currently have Delta DJ20 with Byrd head which is just great for 99+% of what I do. However, recently I needed to face some wider stock. I made a planer sled but did not do it as shown in the FWW article. Really it was just a sheet of plywood with some stiffening rails. Then I used cabinet leveling shims and even paper shims to prevent rocking. It worked okay for the most part but I did get some snipe (which I don’t normally get from my Makita 2040).
Since then I have been watching CL ads for wider jointers and have found one I like. BUT, I am trying to talk myself out of it. Even if it is a good deal its still a lot of money. Plus I very seldom need that extra width.
So should I take another shot at building a better sled (as shown in the Kieth Rust FWW article and video)? Do those of you who use one like that get much snipe? I guess even if I still get snipe I could just allow for that in the initial cut.
My garage is not very big and I like the small footprint of the DJ20.
Thanks in advance for your advice and insight.
PS: In the process of typing this post its seems like I really need to go ahead an make a Kieth Rust sled and try it before dumping ~$2k on a 12” or wider jointer.