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Some times I have small pieces I need to get a perfect surface on...Maybe my saw didnt cut it square or whatever.I want to put the piece in something to hold the wood securely and then plane it to get a good surface then flip it over and then do the other side. These would be small maybe 3" to 6" long.I know I could do it with a small hand tool, small plane,spokeshave etc but sometimes my skill level aint the best on these lol.
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Some times I have small pieces I need to get a perfect surface on...Maybe my saw didnt cut it square or whatever.I want to put the piece in something to hold the wood securely and then plane it to get a good surface then flip it over and then do the other side. These would be small maybe 3" to 6" long.I know I could do it with a small hand tool, small plane,spokeshave etc but sometimes my skill level aint the best on these lol.
Don't know if my method would work for you or not. When I need a straight edge I tack a straightedge piece on top of the piece. Then use my router, in my table, to rout the edge straight. Then I would flip the piece and do the other side the same way.

In my masters and straightedges I always drill nail guide holes, and my work always has nail holes. For me this is not a problem, as I almost always am able to hide the nail holes. For the rare times the nail holes will show, I always drill the holes in a decorative pattern, so the showing nail holes look intentional as decoration. Don't know if you could hide the holes or not.
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a sled or skis will do the trick...
search the forum.. lots and lots of ideas...
here's one from Harry..
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you have a 735 so you can use a planer sled. Here's a video on a simple version. Just scale it down.

Here's a jointer sled video:

Notice the wedge shims to level a twist. Once one side is flat, you can use the planer for the other.
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you have a 735 so you can use a planer sled.
Didn't think of that. My planer sleds are a bottom, two sides, open ends, and 2 homemade cam clamps on one side that were repurposed. If too wide for what I am sending thru, just put some shims in until I can tighten the cams. Very simple, work very well. Will look to see if got a photo.
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For small pieces you could make a simple sled of plywood (so it starts out flat) with a 3/8ths stop block glued on the end. If there's much of a twist in the piece, you will need to shim it with a wedge of some sort, but you probably don't want a thick wedge that might lift the piece above the stop block. I don't try to save twisted pieces, they are just trouble waiting to happen.

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Tom, you seem to be thinking of a planer and I believe the OP wants to use his router..
think ski instead of sled...

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If you have a drill press, there is a bit that StewMac sells that is made for planing small pieces that many luthiers use.

https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tool...-T-Planer.html
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@Stick486 I checked his profile and discovered he had a DeWalt planer, so that option was available. The vidios include one on a router jig as well. To me, the planer seems a an easier way to get this done than going back and forth repeatedly with a router. I recall Norm Abrams demonstrating this years ago. Lots of ways to skin a cat.

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