Workbench Project #3: Tage Frid time!

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 2501 days ago 6280 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t have access to a 24” planer or drum sander, so I figured I was on my own. Much googling later, I found the Tage Frid method for levelling a benchtop in situ with a router.


I grabbed me some cheap, but cleanly joined poplar, built out my custom rails and router sled, bought a big honking flat router bit, and set up to flatten!

I took a very thin pass across the top, just barely touching the top of the cup in the bench. This operations throws up a HUGE amount of dust into the air and spews shavings all over. I had the JDS cranking out at max, and I still had to leave the shop for a bit after the first pass to settle.

You can see where the bit just kissed the top in the center of the table, under the shavings-free part.

That was enough for today. My proof of concept was done.

Now I just need to don the mask, shield, and crank up the filter, and make a few more passes.
I will probably borrow a big air-mover fan from the office, just for this operation.

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#1 posted 2501 days ago

Very Interesting. Fun to see this approach in operatiion. Can you move the operation outside your shop?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2501 days ago

I guess you can disregard the comment I made on the first installment of this series. Looks like it works well.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#3 posted 2501 days ago

I thought about moving it to the back yard, but I’m in a fairly urban area, and my back yard is not large. I think I’d end up with shavings all over the surrounding neighbors back lawns, and I’m not sure that would endear me to anybody. I’ll just take my time and go for a beverage break in between passes!

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#4 posted 2501 days ago

Did you try the phrase…”Honey? I need a new shop vac.” Or, “Honey? I need to install a dust collection system before this stuff ends up all thru the house!”

Glad to see the router idea was used.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 2501 days ago

I’m not married yet, so my money is still my own! =)

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#6 posted 2501 days ago

Nice idea! Seems to be executing well. Hard control the dust for sure. I’m sure if you moved it outside your neighbors would be outside your home with torches and pitchforks. Have you tried just moving along with a shop vac or can you hook up some little job specific rig to try and catch some of it?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2496 days ago


Great project. Glad to hear your wearing a dust mask. That dust in your lungs will accumulate, so keep that in mind.

One day you might sneeze out 2×4, and break your nose!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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