STL309: Everybody wants a planer sled


Query 1:

From Jon:

Thanks for all the good content material as at all times. I’m having some confusion about planers and planer sleds I hope you may clear up. I’ve a Dewalt DW735 planer and it really works nice. I don’t nonetheless have a jointer so I’ve been spending an extreme period of time flatting boards on planer sled that’s mainly only a piece of MDF. It really works fantastic nevertheless it the arrange time actually provides up. I’ve youngsters and a job and little or no time in my store/shed. I used to be researching different planer sled designs and got here throughout one which got here from Woodsmith.  Advantageous Woodworking additionally has an article with an identical sled from Keith Rust in October 2005. This sled design makes use of adjustable cross beams, spaced out 4”-6” to help the board from beneath so the highest of the board might be flattened.

My query is, why is the pressure of the rollers sufficient to trigger snipe on the entrance of an 8/4 board however not sufficient to trigger uneven planing in a thinner board on this sled? It looks like if the pressure of the rollers pushing down is sufficient carry the entrance or again of the board and trigger snipe. Wouldn’t it additionally put sufficient pressure to deform the board within the unsupported areas between the cross bars and trigger uneven chopping throughout the highest? I’d anticipate the board to have waves of excessive and low spots the place the cross bars are and usually are not.

I’ve additionally had the identical query about jointing a board greater than your jointer by taking the porkchop off after which placing the flat reference space on a bit of MDF after which operating it by means of the planer. Why does the unsupported space not bend underneath the stress of the rollers?

Perhaps I simply don’t have a superb grasp of what causes snipe or of the physics of the planer and wooden interacting or possibly it’s magic. Are you able to please assist me perceive why this model sled works or inform my spouse I want a jointer and a much bigger store. Within the meantime, I’m making an attempt to enhance my hand planing abilities so I can flatten boards the old school approach.

Flatten Boards With out a Jointer

A sled permits you to use simply your planer to mill lumber to any thickness.

Query 2:

From Nathan:
I want some motivation. I used to be lately gifted an outdated (1974) Rockwell Delta Unisaw with a 3-horsepower motor. The noticed wants some electrical work, and I’ll in all probability tune it up whereas I’m at it. I’ve to rewire my workshop with 240-volt energy to run it, after which I’ll should rearrange all of the instruments in my small 12′ X 16′ workshop as a result of the Unisaw is way bigger than my present classic Craftsman contractor noticed. I understand how to do all this work, however I predict that about midway by means of it I’ll be questioning whether or not it’s price all the trouble to improve my desk noticed. Are you able to speak about how fantastic a Unisaw (or different cupboard noticed) is in comparison with lesser saws? I’m guessing that by the point this episode of the podcast comes out, I’ll be about midway by means of the mission and your recommendation shall be simply the motivation I want to complete the mission. Thanks prematurely.

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Query 3:

From Andrew:
I’m on the lookout for ideas. I strive to not be treasured with wooden and to not save “particular boards” however as a substitute discover a good use for them. I bought a large single piece of EWP from the property of an area woodworker. It’s 38”x19”x1”, probably not sufficiently big for an entire mission and because it’s EWP probably not tremendous thrilling grain that may make a mission pop. However it’s lovely nearly 100% quartersawn and utterly clear. In its personal particular approach it’s distinctive and jogs my memory of among the stuff you see on vintage furnishings when the highest of one thing was a single huge plank. However for the lifetime of me I can’t consider a mission that may make good use of it with out chopping it up. My newest thought can be one thing Shaker the place the simplicity would showcase the pine however the dimensions type of throw me off. Any ideas can be appreciated.

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Query 4:

From David:
I lately moved to a brand new home with my grownup youngsters and younger grandsons. The home has a bigger storage, and I now have some additional area and funds for some store upgrades. Most of my giant instruments are 25 to 35 years outdated. Whereas my Delta contractor’s noticed with Unifence and Jet forged iron 14″ bandsaw have served me effectively, I need to improve for higher security, mud assortment and capabilities. Security is in the beginning of my priorities, as i need to educate my grandsons woodworking as they get older.

I even have by no means had a joiner, and at last have area for one.

I’ve been researching Sawstop saws, 8″ jointers, 12″ jointer planer combo machines, and bigger bandsaw such because the Grizzly 17″ fashions. In contrast to my present instruments, these all weigh lots. Sometimes I’m seeing 400 to 500 lbs. I can get the instruments delivered to be inside my storage, however uncrating and putting them on rolling stands could also be a problem, apart from the Sawstop cupboard noticed. The product manuals I’ve discovered on line largely name for utilizing a fork carry to get items off of crates and setting them up. Is it typical for a hobbyist to lease a forklift when shopping for this bigger equipment? Are there different secure strategies you have got used that don’t require a small military if younger males with sturdy backs?

On a associated query, the guide for the Jet 12″ joiner planer combo speaks about utilizing warning when elevating the joiner tables as a result of weight. I’ve by no means seen one in particular person, a lot much less used one. How heavy are the jointer beds on the combo machines, and are they counter balanced or produce other assists to carry them up and decrease them slowly? I like the concept and dimension of the combo machines, however not if there’s a likelihood {that a} hand might get trapped underneath a heavy forged iron desk.

On a separate topic, you may let the brand new bosses know that I simply joined FWW Limitless to help the podcast. The outdated episodes have made my day by day commute rather more fulfilling.

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Whether or not you’re buying a brand new desk noticed, a jointer, a lathe, or another machine, it helps to make use of greatest practices from the second it arrives in your store.


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