Movin’ right along, here’s Version 1.2 of my router planer.
Because I’d made the router sled larger in order to accommodate larger pieces, I now needed to design something bigger for the sled to ride on. That’s when I came up with the idea of using longer piping for the end poles and cross rails (instead of the 12” pipes and the plywood cross rails shown in my first design). The photo below shows my first attempt (my “beta” version) at this new design.
As you can see, this first “beta” version looked pretty wierd. I thought if I made it triangular in shape, I could manipulate the widths of the slabs I worked on while still allowing me to work on thicker pieces, as well. I didn’t like this one at all because even with my newer sled design (not shown in these photos) that used angle iron as the runners, I couldn’t keep the sled on the rails when I needed to. So, I came up with the following version, Version 1.2:
This one worked much better than the triangular configuration. The slab in the photo started out at about 8” thick and was planed down using this version to a thickness of about 5”.
With this design, I found that having the extra height afforded by the 48” corner posts was a real plus, but adjusting the height was really hard to do to get it straight and level on all four sides because of the cross rails. The stop collars (see below) had to be in almost perfect alignment in order to get the most exact cut/plane with the router, and that was very hard to do with the cross rails in place. Plus, the flanges the corner poles went into weren’t the best quality, so the poles went cattywampus in different directions which made it that much more difficult to get the height adjustment correct.
It’s not that it couldn’t be done. Rather, it was just more difficult, frustrating, and time consuming to get the height exact. So, once again it was back to the drawing board.
Next time – Version 1.2a.