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I found 3 interesting videos about flattening slabs (not with typical router sled) using a handheld power planer. Take a look. It seems much faster.




I have been thinking about this for a while.
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neat idea. Definitely faster, I don't know how they would compare on complicated grain patterns.

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I tried one to smooth out a rough and out of balance piece in a wood lathe. Worked almost too well. That thing smoothed that wood like you wouldn't believe, almost took too much off, all in just a few seconds.

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I like the idea used in the 2nd video. Just drop it in and use it. 2 boxes, and 2 rails. Simple adjusters.
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It's an interesting idea. I've got a plane similar to what was used in video #3, and if I made something like what was in #2 (probably a smaller scale - I don't have much space) that could be very interesting.

I guess I'd be trying to figure out how to manage height adjustment, but interesting nonetheless
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It's an interesting idea. I've got a plane similar to what was used in video #3, and if I made something like what was in #2 (probably a smaller scale - I don't have much space) that could be very interesting.

I guess I'd be trying to figure out how to manage height adjustment, but interesting nonetheless
Here is another site that better shows how he fastened his guide blocks.

https://www.woodenwidget.com/scarf.htm
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Here is another site that better shows how he fastened his guide blocks.

https://www.woodenwidget.com/scarf.htm
Thanks Gary, that was an interesting view of the cradle the plane was fixed into, and seems like if I had a couple of exactly the same size rails I could do something similar at an even height and use it that way
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I have a cheap harbor freight power planer (similar to hitachi planer) that I want to try to use to flatten one side of a slab using this idea. Then send it through my thickness planer to make it parallel. That is what they do in the second video and it works great.
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Seems like an easier system than a router sled for a project in the near future. Have to smooth out a maple bar top (actually an old shuffle board) that my dad had installed in their home. There was a flood and the basement had to be redone and the top was under water and the finish on the top was ruined along with a slight warping. Keeping fingers crossed that one of these ideas will help.
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I like the idea used in the 2nd video. Just drop it in and use it. 2 boxes, and 2 rails. Simple adjusters.

Since I am going to use my Harbor Freight Hand Planer, I want to show my thought process.
I am going to use a slide system similar to the one used in the second video...on the boat build "Talley Ho.
I think it is important to have the planer set into the track system so the bottom is parallel to the track when used. The front of my planer has a hole horizontally from side to side, for a guide that I can use a 3/8" rod to support the front of the plane. The rear has no hole, so I removed the rear sole to see how much support there was. Not Much. I made a Hard maple block that is inserted internally to support the plastic body of the plane. The block fits inside the body and I needed to drill a 3/8" hole at the same height so the plane bottom will set parallel when dropped into the track box.

To match the location with the height of the front guide hole, I used a drill bit to mark a scrap of maple as shown in the photo. This became a guide for drilling (from each side) through the body so the hole for the rear support is at the same height as the front guide hole. The rear hole aligned perfectly this way (drilling from each side).

I think this will work well, but since I am going out of town...I have to delay further work on this idea for about 10 days.

My planer is a 3-1/4"...and I see Wen makes a cheap 4-1/2" planer for about $65.00.
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