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    No Big Jointer?

    Or as it happens, no jointer at all for me right now. My new jointer piggy bank is almost full. Till then, I am grateful for this thing every time I use it.

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    Please explain that contraption, I am at a loss as to how it serves as a joiner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    Please explain that contraption, I am at a loss as to how it serves as a joiner?
    I believe this is only viewable to FineWoodworking.com subscribers, but this video explains planer sleds:

    http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki...e.aspx?id=5245

    In essence, it is an adjustable contraption for running the first face of a wide, non-flat board through a planer, instead of face-jointing it in the traditional manner before thickness planing. A budget 12-inch face jointer, if you will.
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    I've seen planer sleds before, but that one is really really good!

    Cheers!
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    Cool!!!

    Glenn, with the first hand experience you have with this jig, can you say that you are happy with its performance?

    This would certainly take care of this particular problem....
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=8782



    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Starosta View Post
    Glenn, with the first hand experience you have with this jig, can you say that you are happy with its performance?

    This would certainly take care of this particular problem....
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=8782



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    - Keith
    I've been using it for face jointing since I built it back in May 2007. It is far from the ease and convenience of an 8" (or larger) jointer that you simply walk up to, turn on and run your board across. On the other hand it is so much better than my 6" jointer that I sold it.

    It takes just a few minutes to set up the roller stands and adjust the wedges to support the board. You then must pick up the sled and return the sled to the front of the planer after each pass of course. This is a no-brainer compared to doing without.

    The structure is quasi-torsion box and has remained very flat through the Summer/Winter/Spring. My making of it is here and includes the link to the article, video and plans: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=3978

    I would recommend it to anyone without a jointer or room for one. Even at the now stupid prices for BB ply you could make one for about $40 or less depnding on what kind or scrap hardwood or screw-eyes and bungee cord you happen to have around.

    P.s. Do use rubberized stair tread for the grips and not sandpaper . . . your planer won't like any loose sandpaper grit, eh?
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-29-2008 at 06:44 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    Please explain that contraption, I am at a loss as to how it serves as a joiner?
    In case you can't get to the article, it kinda goes like this: Let's say I have a board I need to face-joint. It's got a serious twist in it and exceeds the capacity of my current jointer (actually I don't even have a jointer right now) but is not too wide for my planer.

    I set the board on the cleats and adjust some wedges set into a notch at each end of each cleat till the board is supported. I try to present the flattest top surface I can.

    The whole rig then passes through the planer surfaceing the top surface of the now supported board. Proceed till the top surface is flat. Remove board from jig, adjust planer, put good side of board down and thickness as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    ...

    P.s. Do use rubberized stair tread for the grips and not sandpaper . . . your planer won't like any loose sandpaper grit, eh?

    Glenn, where can I get the rubberized stair tread? I'm assuming the blue or orange BORG?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Starosta View Post
    Glenn, where can I get the rubberized stair tread? I'm assuming the blue or orange BORG?

    Thanks!

    - Keith
    Right. And like the Johnson's Paste Wax, it's not where you expect. I found it by the garage door weather stripping(?). Not to be confused with all of the OTHER weather stripping.

    Pool supply places have it but I found it in too large a volume for what I needed. If all else fails, the thingy's you stick to the bottom of the bathtub so Grandma won't slip and fall work too.

    TIP: Shellac or poly the surface of the wedges and the cleats before you stick the tread on, it sticks better to a non-porous surface.
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    Bungee Cord

    I can understand the use and purpose of the sled, but I can't figure out the bungee cord. What's its purpose, and is it really necessary?

    Thanks
    Stephan

    Nevermind I see from your other post they are used to keep the supports in place.
    Last edited by Stephan Postmus; 03-30-2008 at 05:05 PM. Reason: looked at other post

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