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Precise Thickness Planing

By: Erich Lage
A Simple trick for Dialing in the thickness of your Workpiece.

4 06 07 When using my planing sled to thickness thin parts, I use a simple trick to accurately mill and measure my pieces. I use double-sided tape to stick them down to a backerboard. To get reading of my planing progress, I cut a notch in the backerboard. This way you can slip the nose of a dial caliper into the notch and measure the thickness of the workpiece, getting an accurate measurement without removing the workpiece from the sled. 4 06 03 Double-sided tape is applied to the backerboard to hold the workpiece down and allow it to be planed. 4 06 05 The extra thickness of the backerboard carries the stock through the planer and lets you plane it to any thickness. 4 06 07 A notch in the backer is sized to fit the nose of a caliper. You can then check the thickness without removing the workpiece.

Published: April 6, 2023
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