Dust-free thicknessing machine

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Dust-free thicknessing machine

Post by charangohabsburg » Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:05 am

Nothing new under the sun, but I think this is not yet in the ANZLF's jig collection (or I haven't seen it).

The title is a bit exaggerated, but in any case dust production is quite a bit less than when using a drum sander.

It is similar to planing a piece in a groove, but the setup is much quicker and it eats up less storage space. :)

Of course it works only for narrower pieces than blade width. When thicknessing long and thin pieces it is recommendable to lay the stock on a strip of sandpaper (80 grit works great) instead of resting it against a stop. For very long pieces like binding strips and when no roll of sandpaper is within reach I stick shorter strips from sanpdpaper sheets to masking tape and reinforce the latter one with normal scotch tape. The skids get stuck with double-sided tape to the plane sole (holds up well and releases easily when done).
Sandpaper strip thickness, the double sided tape thickness and the shaving thickness have to bee accounted when thicknessing the skids in order to get the the right clearance (= final thickness of the working piece) between the cutting edge of the blade and the surface of the sandpaper where the working piece is resting on.


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Re: Dust-free thicknessing machine

Post by colburge » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:02 pm

That is a really good, simple way of thicknessing bindings, I will definitley use it, thanks.

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Re: Dust-free thicknessing machine

Post by Kamusur » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:42 pm

No doubt about it Markus you always come up with great tips and excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Dust-free thicknessing machine

Post by charangohabsburg » Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:25 am

Glad you find it useful. :)

As I mentioned before, this is not my idea. A closely related solution, although for bringing to final thickness very thin veneer strips, is taping off a cabinet scraper (it should be a reasonably stiff scraper, 0.6 mm or more, unless one wants to create a concave profile veneer strip). I don't remember who taught me the scraper trick, but it was not "on the internet" (although I am sure you can find it there, and maybe even outside the ANZLF ;) ).
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Re: Dust-free thicknessing machine

Post by kiwigeo » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:44 pm

Another alternative I use is to rout a channel of correct depth into some MDF. Sit the bindings in the channel and run the plane or scraper over the strip until its flush with the MDF...works for me.
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