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Joining with a plane
I went through some wonderful oak planks for a side table I wanted to build. The problem was that the boards were too wide for my jointer and I didn’t want to rip them any tighter. I solved my dilemma with this plane sled that allows me to use my plane as a jointer. The trick is to keep the board from wobbling while gliding.
A shim of wood under the top corner is all that is needed. I add hot-melt glue to the thickness and all four corners to prevent them from shifting on the sled while gliding. Once I have planed one side flat, I take the board off the sled, flip it over and plane the other side. There were only 4 boards for my table‘ long, and the sled was about 6“ longer. This technique works equally well for longer boards, although you will need a longer sled (and you may need additional shims along the sides). —Mike Hofer
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