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Blog entry by RockyBlue posted 1095 days ago 5426 reads 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on a design by TZH of his router planer. I got the honor to tour his shop in the Rocky Mountains of beautiful Colorado a couple weeks ago and saw his setup. The gears in my machinist head started turning ( or grinding) immediately. I came up with this version using off the shelf parts available to anyone. I looked into making the rails with round shafts and linear bearings, but the cost was too high and rigidity was not good enough. The material used is extruded aluminum from the 8020 brand. The cross rails slide on UHMW pads on the bearing blocks. I figured that would be low maintenance with gobs of sawdust. I designed it to be built by any joe woodworker with a drill press or a steady hand drill. The tooling plate can hold any number of tools. By bolting a router to it with a dust collection hose and a long handle, I plan on facing down large tabletops. My other plan was to bolt a skill saw to it, lock down one axis and it becomes a panel saw. The locking handles can stop movement on either the x or y axis to make long straight cuts, dado’s, etc. The upright rails will be bolted to the sides of the 4×4 legs of the work table( not pictured). I will drill a series of holes 3/4” apart for the 10’ rails to sit on pins. Each tool will have it’s own plate to bolt to the carriage. I will make these from scrap aluminum I have , but they could by made from a stout hardwood.

All parts pictured quoted at $833. The work table with 2 layers of 3/4 4’x8’ mdf will cost around $100 or less. So for $930 you can have a router planer capable of 4.5’x 10’ travel, and a panel saw. Or I could spend $1500 on a panel saw and $2-4000 on a big planer that still can’t plane my tables.

Does anyone have any ideas for other tools that could be bolted to this contraption?

If anyone wants the parts list to build a similar one, I can forward it to you, It may be a while till I have the dough to build this. I did just get a SCM planer, so I will be tinkering with that in the mean time.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com



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Grandpa

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#1 posted 1095 days ago

Yes, I would be interested in a parts list. I have toyed with the idea of a panel saw for a long time and just couldn’t find the materials cheap enough. Maybe I can help find a source. I have a few connections.

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TZH

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#2 posted 1095 days ago

Dude, I just knew you’d come up with something. Looks great. Like you said, though, it might take awhile to come up with the cash to make one. What an improvement on mine!

TZH

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Wood-Renaissance/361417090585685

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HalDougherty

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#3 posted 1095 days ago

Make some locking stops and it becomes a dado cutter.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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spunwood

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#4 posted 1094 days ago

That is great! I’d love to try that out. I assume the shop floor or whatever the guide is sitting on (something flat like mdf) would have to be flat for this to have precision?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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David

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#5 posted 1094 days ago

might want to take a look at the torque work center. it has ways to attach a router, circ saw and other tools.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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RockyBlue

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#6 posted 1093 days ago

Wow, the Torque Work Center looks very useful and I think it has enough travel to do my tables. Just wonder what the price tag is?

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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TZH

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#7 posted 1090 days ago

Found the following website with the pricing info on Torque Work Centre:

http://www.woodworksupplies.com.au/category313_1.htm

Think I’ll be staying with my home DIY design if and until I can afford your upgrade.

Just thought you’d be interested.

TZH

-- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Wood-Renaissance/361417090585685

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 869 days ago

I have been thinking about a router planer setup. I can use routers for a bunch of things, the planer is a one use item. Space and money says router planer is the smarter way to go.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 868 days ago

I was looking at getting this setup from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002UZGUSY?m=A2PM1IA2LE1QET

Could it be adapted to what you want?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 868 days ago

Woodhaven makes a model. That goes 51” wide. It looks to me like you make your own siderails for length.

http://www.woodhaven.com/Planing-Sled-Router/b/3026347011

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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