A slightly, moderately-more-complex planer sled

June 22, 20162 Comments

If you’re the type of woodworker who really loves to build a complex jig with all the bells and whistles, then I have a feeling you were already trying to figure out how to modify my simple planer sled.

Image courtesy Fine Woodworking Magazine

Image courtesy Fine Woodworking Magazine

In 2005 the folks over at Fine Woodworking shared Arlington, Texas, woodworker Keith Rust’s sled, which just might be what you were kind-of-sort-of thinking about.




Piqued your interest in building this version? Checkout the plans and original article by clicking on the following link – Fine Woodworking “Keith Rust’s sled.”

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  1. kevin drevik says:

    Good article. I have a 6in jointer and a 13in planer. This will come in very handy. Thanks for the info!

  2. charles senf says:

    A few years back I had to add a bit to the threshold of a patio door that had been ‘retro-fit’ into an enlarged opening that originally served to hold a pair of double-hung windows in the kitchen/dining area of the house we bought.

    The house was brick over frame and the opening left by the Himeboldt (prior owner) from New Jersey was truly ‘rough’ – as we discovered as we went about flipping the patio door to put the fixed glass in the corner and the sliding panel open to the logical traffic path.

    What I needed was a sloping (sloped) board to fit up against the patio door frame bottom such that it would shed water away from the door and cover the gap and slight drop from the door threshold to the top surface of the deck we had added.

    I needed a board about six inches wide, six-feet long and thicker (an inch) where it met the patio door frame sloping down to a half-inch or so where it (after hiding the brick) met the deck.

    I scored a damaged piece of twelve-foot long ‘plastic/recycled’ deck board, cut it to rough length and ran it through my Rigid 12″ planer using a tilted sled.

    Basically a 12-inch wide piece of plywood that extended the length of the Planer tables with a one-inch or so piece of wood running the length of the left side mounted under the ‘sled’ and a couple of shallow guide runners mounted to position the work piece in the center of the sled as it ran through the planer.

    I ran the work through with the face side down until I’d achieved the desired slope and ‘Voila!’ a weather-proof threshold piece that fit perfectly and served for years.

    Indeed, we have swapped out the patio door for a 2’8″ in-swing door and a casement window and are using a cut-down piece of that threshold along the bottom (and under the Mfg Aluminum threshold) to fit everything neatly. It lives on.

    Oh, your jig example doesn’t do that? Never mind.

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