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    Planing down to 1/4"

    I think I need a sled to plane a board to 1/4" thickness

    Correct?
    Would a 3/4" plywood work for this ?

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    A sled would be needed. But describe more what you are trying to do. Maybe milling first would be a better approach.
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    frank is asking the right questions resaw might be your friend keith.. making two out of one board perhaps rather a bunch of shavings..
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    What planer do you have. My lunchbox planer would go to 1/4" without issue. The floor standing machine tends to foul the trailing edge so I double-stick material to a piece of sheet goods so it won't lift up; melamine, MDF or good flat ply.
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    I've also planed to 1/4" without problems...but I won't go less than that without a sled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred hargis View Post
    I've also planed to 1/4" without problems...but I won't go less than that without a sled.
    +1 and +1 to Glenn's comments.

    I planed some 1/8" oak last month, just put some doubles-sided tape on a piece of 1/2" BB and fed it through the planer. I also reduced the amount that I planed on each pass.
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    I think you should be able to get to 1/4 no problem.
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    Here is some more info.
    I have a 20" planer. grizzly/shop fox type. These are glue up panels around 14" wide and 19" long.

    I resawed some of the wood. Posted pictures of some practice wood I resawed because it was my first time. and it was great

    the wood is cedar.

    I have to be careful with the ones i want to make 1/4" thick because I only have 2 that I want to use and one i made for test fitting/planing. I have never tried less than 1/2" and if I remember correctly my height wheel started getting REAL stiff when I went that thin.

    I am also making 2 that are 3/8" inch thick and I will probably use the same method for the 3/8". I also have one practice panel in that size.

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    Having practice pieces is a great idea. But, I'd do some "pre" practice with a fence board or a piece of poplar. Just plane something down to 1/4" to see how it goes.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Meyer View Post
    Having practice pieces is a great idea. But, I'd do some "pre" practice with a fence board or a piece of poplar. Just plane something down to 1/4" to see how it goes.

    Bob
    I guess thats a good point. If it will do a narrow random board then it should do a panel.

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