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Milling Thin Strips8/11
Has anyone found a method to surface thin (1/8") laminations on a large planer.
I find the thinner I go the worse the surface finish gets. I can get close to 1/8" on hardwoods but I generally try not to run material that thin. Instead I'll get it down close and then finish up on the wide belt.
If you have a widebelt or even a drum sander I would try that route.
I build a sub table out of melamine for my planer. I shim the table in the middle & on either end to raise it above the feed rollers. I fasten a piece on the front that hooks on the front of the planer bed to prevent it from being pushed through the planer. I am able to mill down to 2mm but it is dependent on the material & your planer setup. I now have a segmented carbide head but before I got that if I needed to plane a lot of thin stock I would back grind the knifes with a diamond stone to push the angle of attack more to a scraping angle & that seems to help. I use lube on the melamine surface I use Waxlit but there are numerous products around that would work.
That is an interesting approch Gerry, I hadn't considered a stationary bed, the feed rollers will run close but I'll give it a try.
I have a depth limit of 3/8 inch with my surface planner. I built up a bed or jig for thinner thickness planning.
Some times I take the two of the 3/8 thick boards and glue the ends together now by taking 1/8 inch off each side I acheive 1/4 inch. Lightly glue about 1 inch on the ends and choper off or use less glue and pry or pop apart.