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    Planer Question

    I have a Delta 13" planer. It will thickness plane down to 1/8". I have some strips of wood that are just a hair over 1/8" that I would like to plan to a little under 1/8", just enough to get the band saw marks out of them. Is there a safe way to do this on a planer? Seems like years ago I read somewhere that you could make a sled for this purpose. I couldn't find anything on this forum about that type of sled. I don't want to wreck my planer. Any ideas?
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    Paul I take a piece of melamine and double stick tape the pieces onto the melamine carrier board ,and carefully remove them with a stiff putty knife. It works pretty well as long as you don't go too thin.
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    As Charles said but also install a cleat at the back that protrudes less than the thickness of the workpieces but enough to keep them from being shot out the back should the tape not hold.
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    What has sometimes happened to me with thin stock is the leading edge will lift into the cutters, and it really makes a mess of the stock. The tape should help, but trying it out is probably the only way to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred hargis View Post
    What has sometimes happened to me with thin stock is the leading edge will lift into the cutters, and it really makes a mess of the stock. The tape should help, but trying it out is probably the only way to see.
    Tape...and take REALLY LIGHT cuts. 1/64" per pass is plenty.
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    I have used a through the planer board that allows thinner stock treatment but, cannot find a picture of it. It helped but, the same design that effectively discharges chips would sometimes elevate the material at an inopportune moment .

    I found that double stick taping the material to a carrier board worked well and the stock didn't get elevated at the wrong time . This can be problematic for material that isn't as strong as the tape as it will destruct when the tape is (tried to be) removed.

    I know your strips are already cut but, what I find most successful (although this may not be applicable to your application) is to plane, sand or otherwise smooth the show edge while the stock is still part of a larger board. Then rip the piece off and attach it with the saw marks out (like in an edge banding for shelves) . Then smooth the exposed surface.
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    Thanks for the input. What I am making or trying to make is a ukulele neck. The idea was and may still be, to make the blank for it by gluing stips of wood, around 1/8" thick together so when the neck is made the strips of wood run vertical to the ukulele body. My son sent me a picture of a guitar that had a neck built like that and it really looks nice. I have since lost the picture. In my enthusiasm, I cut my strips thinner than I intended and I cut them on the bandsaw.

    I decided I will set that aside for now, and finish the other neck I have started. When I screw up I find it best to walk away for a little bit and them come back to it.
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    I would double tape them to a board, and run a finely adjusted plane along the length. Should only take a couple of strokes, and won't leave any marks.
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    if you know anyone with a drum sander or a wide belt sander that may be a safer bet. you can take much lighter passes and be less apt to have the boards blow up
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