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Stock slides easier on laminate surface

Planing Thin Stock

If you have a table saw and a planer, resawing lumber into thinner stock is pretty straightforward. But both the ribbon box on page 20 and the bookcase on page 30 require parts that are cut from very thin stock (Vs" or less). .And many planers aren't designed to handle stock this thin.

Fortunately, there's an easy solution to this dilemma. I start by resawing the lumber to a thickness of about on the table saw. As you can see if Figure 1, a notched push block will guide the blank safely past the blade.

To safely plane the workpiece to the desired thickness, I added an auxiliary bed to my planer. As shown in Figure 2, this is simply a piece of plywood covered with plastic laminate. A cleat on the end hooks over the planer bed.

The auxiliary bed supports the workpiece as it passes through the planer and raises it high enough to contact the planer knives.

Stock slides easier on laminate surface

to the ends of the stile with some double-sided tape. Details 'b' and 'c' below show the position of each saddle in relationship to the ends of the stile.

After clamping the saddles to your bench, slip a couple of pieces of plywood underneath the stile to prevent it from sagging under the weight of ^

When routing the roundovers, the trick is to make sure that they all start and stop at the same point on the stiles so they line up evenly.

SADDLES. Rather than just laying out the ends of each roundover and routing to a line, 1 decided to use a pair of stops. As you can see in the drawing below, each stop is a "saddle" glued up out of three pieces of %" MDF. The opening in the saddle is sized to match the width of the stile. The saddle creates a stop on both edges of the

Clamp ,,— saddle / to bench will contact the saddle, preventing you from routing too far.

NOTE: Bearing on router bit contacts saddle

NOTE: Arrows indicate routing direction

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