Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Spring Valley Illinois
I have read a lot about planer sleds, the only issue I have with it is it is even in a sled the rollers still put pressure down on the board and the board does 2 things in a planer that it does not do on a jointer:
1: The down pressure means that the machine is forcing it untrue and skimming it but when the pressure is released from the down pressure and goes back to untrue.
2. If you run a piece through a jointer your pressure while pushing it through is on the outfeed side of the wood, but with a planer the rollers push it down hard on both sides to hold it down and move it.
If you are just shooting for thickness, then a planer is all you need, but if you are wanting to work with rough sawn lumber then there is steps to take that cannot be bypassed. I work with both, but when dealing with barn wood.
Now with all that said, I do work with 1 side flattened wood but in this case I am only shooting for thickness as with barn wood when making a rustic barn frame (shown below). The problem with while I have tricks to adjust for everything, boards that are a little out of square are NOT easy to get a true 45 corners.
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