EZ Planing Sled – Future Improvements

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As often happens with my ideas, the moment I start thinking about some kind of innovation gravitating around my sketchbook and trying to evolve it on paper until I’m sure it’s matured enough and ready to be built. But sometimes, at least with me, I have to force myself to put my sketchbook aside and go to the store and give basic ideas a chance – even before I run out of all my designer’s neurons on it.

In these moments I remind myself that the design rabbit hole can go deep, split into several tunnels and consequently get away from my original intent, so I prefer to stop sooner or later and give that damn thing a chance before spending time. additional and brain resources on the drawing board.

The EZ sleigh idea was one of those ideas where I had to keep myself from slipping too deep into the design rabbit hole.

At the beginning of the process, after buying and trying 3M Safety-Walk gray, I decided that I should give the concept of improving traction through this product the first chance on a simple sled. But now that I like the result and feel it works, I have decided to share my additional sketches with you.

EZ Planing Sled - Future Improvements

In the improved design, there is no need to affix the 3M safety walk over the entire surface of the sled. It is only needed in the nuts, grooves and shims.

The improved sled resembles a shipyard dry dock, where multiple wedges can be hidden under the table in relative stability to provide optimal support during the milling process. This support system has less chance of moving around on you as you feed it and retrieve it from the plane. The secret of this Planer’s Dry Dock (Planing Dry Dock?) Is its network of grooves and dice that prevent the wedges from moving along the length of the board. The PDD should also include a center groove capable of running alongside a pair of long wedges to support a cupped board etc.

EZ Planing Sled - Future Improvements

EZ Planing Sled - Future Improvements

3M Safety Walk Strips should be secured inside the grooves and grooves and secured to the sole and top of the wedge. When creating your wedge, consider arching the top (b) to increase the support capabilities of the board.

Check out these designs to see where my designer mind has taken me. While this idea is still only on paper, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be very successful on plywood or MDF as well.

Who knows who will build it first?


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