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    Default Alternative planer sled

    For those of you who do not have a jointer, or would like to joint wood as wide as your planer, I came across this link on the lumberjocks blog thingy:

    http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1992

    In short, it is a simple setup where you run your router down the piece of wood to joint twice, then attach some small runners, then run it through the planer. It seems a little easier to control compared to a big planer sled to me.



    Ian.

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    That's a pretty slick way of skinning a cat.I've got by in a pinch by using a cast off piece of ply/mdf and hot melt glue for the low spots and then blocking the board in with scraps.One of these days I'll have to make something like this one.
    See ya

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    Default Re: Alternative planer sled

    Brilliant.
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    Default Re: Alternative planer sled

    Quote Originally Posted by IanW View Post

    http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1992

    In short, it is a simple setup where you run your router down the piece of wood to joint twice, then attach some small runners, then run it through the planer. It seems a little easier to control compared to a big planer sled to me.
    Ian.
    Sweet setup!

    Robin
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    Default Re: Alternative planer sled

    I don't have a jointer and have been looking for some sort of planer sled design that was simple. This is quite ingenious and I plan to make one soon. Does anyone know Where I could get a 1.5" straight bit in the Kitchener/Waterloo Area. I've checked Rona and HD, but they only have 1"
    Last edited by Nate042; 06-24-2008 at 09:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate042 View Post
    I don't have a jointer and have been looking for some sort of planer sled design that was simple. This is quite ingenious and I plan to make one soon. Does anyone know Where I could get a 1.5" straight bit in the Kitchener/Waterloo Area. I've checked Rona and HD, but they only have 1"
    Hi Nate,

    MLCS has one item number 7942. I haven't tried them but they do mail order into Canada.

    Good luck,

    Al

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    Thanks Al,

    Two questions then for the forum:

    does anyone have any experience ordering from MLCS? I've read excellent reviews on their router bits. I'm wondering after taxes duty and shipping is it worth it?

    Would the 1.5" straight bit from leevalley accomplish the same task? I can't see why not but I'm no expert on router bits.

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    Lee Valley sells a 1" bottom cleaning bit which I've used with great success in a similar jig (minus the wheels) for surfacing a panel that was too big for my planer.
    Steve
    Richmond, BC

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