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Router Thickness "Planer" on the Cheap

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 2131 days ago 17275 views 57 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t have a thickness planer and rarely need one, but once in a while have a need for thinner wood for projects. I was making some cutting boards in early summer and wanted the joined woods to be the same thickness (don’t ask me why), so I thought about making a jog of sorts, based on a picture I saw ages ago. Little did I know that a few days later while at the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, I’d by an old magazine that had a router thickness planer article and plans inside. Mine is slightly different and will accommodate 14” wide by 20” minimum.

The underside shows an extra piece of oak, that I had to install after I found out the router wouldn’t go over as far to the left as I needed it to go. One piece is mounted at top of the jig, as a permanent hold, and the bottom piece can be screwed into the 1/2” MDF underneath to hold the project in place, while I plane it to the right thickness.

Made of pine, poplar, red oak and 1/2” MDF. So it’s about as cheap as you can make a thickness planer for. Also, for the router to slide on, I used some 1” x 1” Corner L Aluminum.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric





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lew

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#1 posted 2131 days ago

Nice Job!

I thought about making one of these. My idea was to use drawer slides but it turns out the slides have too much slop and I gave up. Never thought about angle iron.

Thanks for the post

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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oldskoolmodder

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#2 posted 2131 days ago

I got the Alum L very cheap from a client of my Brother’s, who owns a metal shop. roughly 40 feet, plus a half sheet of perforated alum and some straight stock, for $50. So I figured since I had it, I’d use it. It worked out well for this project.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 2131 days ago

You should take a look at Gary K’s thickness planer, you’re on the right track but he built one that was a masterpiece. It looked pretty easy to make too. I’ve been gonna try my hand at it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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oldskoolmodder

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#4 posted 2130 days ago

Thanks, Mike. I couldn’t find what you were looking for in GaryK’s stuff, but I might have missed it. I’ll have to try to do a more thorough search I guess.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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MNbuzzdust

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#5 posted 1951 days ago

This looks great! Thanks for posting it.

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#6 posted 1759 days ago

Nice job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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oldskoolmodder

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#7 posted 1095 days ago

just used a straight bit.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 967 days ago

Great to flatten end grain cutting boards.

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Woody60

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#9 posted 64 days ago

What kind of router bit did you use, would you recommned?

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