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Jointing with a Planer

I across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer, and I didn’t want to rip them any narrower. I solved my dilemma with this planer sled that allows me to use my planer as jointer. The trick is to keep the board from rocking during planing.

A wood shim under the high corner is all it takes. I add hot-melt glue to the shim and all four corners to keep them from shifting on the sled during plaining. Once I have one side planed flat, I take the board off the sled, flip it over and plane the other side. The boards for my table were only 4 long, and the sled was about 6 longer. This technique works equally well for longer boards, although you will need a longer sled (and you may need additional shims along the sides). —Mike Hofer

 


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