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post #1 of 6 Old 06-26-2020, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thickness Planer as Face Jointer

Hi Guys, been a while since I posted. Been obsessing on learning how to use the Incra LS-Positioner fence and router table for dovetail boxes and as an excellent edge jointer.

I have much less successfully attempted to use my Jet 8" Jointer/Planer to face joint stock for the boxes I'm making, so I decided to try making a sled to use with my Dewalt 735 thickness planer after seeing some YouTube's on how to do it.

For anyone else that might be thinking of doing this, I highly recommend it. After you get the hang of it, many light passes, it really works well.
There are numerous posts on sleds so I tried two versions. 1st was the one using sandpaper to keep the stock from sliding and that wasn't as good at securing the stock for the many multiple passes that I found are really required as the design that uses hot glue to hold the leveling shims and stock securely to the sled.
So if you're wondering if the YouTube posters are really doing something the everyday woodworker can do I think if you're patient while you polish your technique I think for sure the answer is yes.

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Running around all day. I'll get a picture Saturday. In the meantime here are two of the links I think were really good.
I liked the second one the best as far as technique idea, because it was the one that started me thinking I had to take a lot of shallow passes. Before watching it I was taking too big a bite. There are a lot of YouTube videos. Most simple, some more complicated.






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Pictures as requested. Once the stock was face jointed I removed it from the sled and put the flat side down and ran it through the thickness planer. One of the YouTube videos said to use a heat gun to unstick the stock and wedges from the glue and that just creates a big sticky mess. I now just use a putty knife and it comes right up then use mineral spirits to remove any residue.
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No glue, no mess just a simple clamp system

I made some panel clamps for bookmach panels and thought they would be good for a planer sled for wide stock. I was right!

Here's what I did:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/p...d-rails-14940/


The pressure from the clamps is sufficient to hold the board in place, BUT some sandpaper glued on the rabbet would give more bite. Small wedges under the highest spots would also prevent any downward roller pressure from shifting the workpiece in the clamps. This was an experiment but I am pleased with the results. I can surface joint stock up to 12" wide using this clamp system. A longer one would be real easy to make if I should need it.

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I made some panel clamps for bookmach panels and thought they would be good for a planer sled for wide stock. I was right!

Here's what I did:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/p...d-rails-14940/


The pressure from the clamps is sufficient to hold the board in place, BUT some sandpaper glued on the rabbet would give more bite. Small wedges under the highest spots would also prevent any downward roller pressure from shifting the workpiece in the clamps. This was an experiment but I am pleased with the results. I can surface joint stock up to 12" wide using this clamp system. A longer one would be real easy to make if I should need it.

Excellent sled!

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