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Plane thin boards with ease

Plane thin boards with ease

Take shallow cuts (1/64") when planing thin stock, so you don't accidentally shatter the workpiece. If you want to plane a workpiece to a thickness less than 1/4", you'll get the best results by using an auxiliary bed. Although most planers indicate they will cut to 1/8" thick, don't try it: You risk deep snipe and chatter marks. Instead, place a 3'-long piece of melamine through the planer, and clamp it to the infeed and outfeed tables. Then plane your stock to thickness as usual, as shown. To plane a short board thin, double-face tape it to a 15"-long piece of 3/4" plywood, MDF, or particleboard. This allows the workpiece to ride piggyback through the planer.

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jeffropapa wrote:

I use MDF with formice glued to it with contact cement and a cleat attached on underside. no clamps in the way and the formica is a slick and very cleanable surface. Plus it gave me another project in just making the jig

2/20/2015 07:50:26 AM Report Abuse
davidh18 wrote:

Another option, which eliminates the clamps, is to attach a stop block under the melamine which lets you slip it in very easily. Another benefit is that it lets you work with a wider work piece. Dave Harrington

3/1/2012 10:52:38 AM Report Abuse

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