I googled my house and cannot find the article that I read about using a
planer to flatten a rough sawn board. A simple sled was built to carry the
wood through to produce 1 flat side. Has anyone else seen the article? If
so do you know what magazine and issue? The article was in the last 3 or 4
issues IIRC. Or did I read it on line?
Did you see it on TV? If memory serves (which it often does NOT) I
caught a clip on the DIY network where a long flat melamine board
carried the cupped board held with wedges to prevent rocking while
passing through the planer. He was flattening some pretty long boards
as I recall. Perhaps you can search DIYNET. Please post it to the rec
if you find it.. David
I remember seeing it but don't remember where. Simple concept,
really. It was a sled of melamine with a stop block attached across
the trailing end to prevent kickback of the board being surfaced.
Insert shims where there are gaps between the board and the sled to
prevent the board from being pressed flat by the planer rollers.
Are the rollers really that powerful that it will press flat
the cup on 3/4" inch thick lumber? If it does partially flatten
the wood wouldn't a few passes at the same setting take
care of the flattening?
In an ideal world the wood would be flat to start with. In a slightly
better world the wood would only be cupped and you could plane that out. In
this world however the boards are often cupped and twisted. The planer will
not take out a twist with out a special set up.
IIRC the technique calls for hot gluing the shims into place so that
they don't vibrate out of position and the workpiece is held
reasonably tightly to the sled.
I can see the magazine in my mind's eye but the seam of my bifocals
must be blocking the name of the mag ;-)
I used a similar technique to rip a seriously twisted piece of Cherry
on my TS. I used a sacrificial piece of plywood in this case and
screwed the plywood through the shims into the workpiece. The twist
was too severe to simply plane - I had to rip into two pieces so I
wouldn't lose as much thickness flattening it. Worked just fine.
Pics are available if you're interested.
Discussed here a while back. Do the wedges[ back board not needed]
AND also tack here and there along the length, both sides with a
hot-glue gun. The glue is easily removed without damaging the board.
I tried it after seeing it here, and it worked great. 3/4" MDF
instead of melamine works real fine. Do one side, then it is flat to
do the other after being removed from the MDF. Take some care
balancing the wedged wood so as to remove the least amount.
Consider also hot-gluing a narrow piece of MDF [or several, with care]
to the top on the fence side when edge-cutting on the TS as a guide
for the first cut.
Have been doing something similar for years, although I have used two
pieces of MDF glued together as the carrier. Maybe a bit of overkill,
and definitely heavy, but it has worked well for me. I put the stop
block at the front edge since the rollers are pushing the work forward,
and have never had a problem.
When I have shimed up the board, I hit each of the shims with the hot
melt glue gun and give it a couple of minits to dry. When the top side
comes out of the planer with no rough surface, I remove it from the
carrier, clean a bit of the dried glue off the shims and on to the next
one. Over the years the top of the carrier has got a little scarred
from where the glue held too tight, but hasn't affected the
effectiveness that I can see.
Posted this before-- but :
I don't plane anything any longer than I need to. I use a 3/4" plywood
sled & use hot glue AS the wedges. The glue will stabilize the wood
and stick it to the sled. Once one side is flat, I use a chisel to
remove all the glue from the sled & board and flatten the other side.
The only problem I've had is with reactive wood (branch wood) bowing
after it was planed. Hope this helps
Here's the link to the FWW QT video:
Here's the link to the Wreck thread:
It was in FWW mag a few months ago. I'll try to find it when I get home.
The guy used a portable hand power planer to rough surface a large slab.
Then he finished it with a belt sander and the ROS.
FWW #145 pp 88-93 had an article titled, "From Rough to Ready" that
included a description of a sled. But I don't think this is the one
you're thinking of. There may have been a "Methods of Work" piece
too, but their online indexing sucks.
I (think) I recall seeing it and I only subscribe to FWW, so that's my
Was it Fine Woodworking July/August 2004 pp 20? It was in "Methods of
Work" and titled "Face-jointing boards in the planer".
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
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