Hi guys, this is a video of a build and use of a shop made router jig rail system, that I needed to make in a hurry to get a part of a job done, my client gave me some 4” thick oak planks, very uneven, and wanted them put together to emulate an old butcher block top, with some heavy plank legs, well I did the best I could to fair them in with my scrub plane, to get straight lines, but I neded a good fastening system, he wanted the bottom to be flat with no showing crossbraces, because there will not be any apron in this build, so I initially tried 1” dowels but becuase I have to use a spade bit, I have no way to make a good dowel jig, for keeping the bit straight, due to the thin shanks with respect to the spade cutter itself.
So I tried free handing it, to no avail, If I was not pressed for time on this job, I could set up a drilling fixture for my drill press, that’s what I did a while back with cupped planks, but they were not as wide, and could easily fit in my drill press, these planks are much wider, so I would need to devise something different to use my drill press.
Pocket screws would be the next choice, however screws in an angle are good for initial holding power, but with these heavy thick oak planks, there needs to be some sort of solid wood crossbracing, but because crossbracing exposed is out of the question in this build job, the next best method to use, is the method I show in the video.
This is an old time method, that works perfectly for this application as well, so in this video I show a quick build of a router guide rail system, that can be put together with scrap material quickly so as to get back to the task at hand to get it done and out the door.
Have fun in the shop people.