|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 11-24-2014 02:14 AM||1875 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I have seen some really sophisticated and scientific looking router planing jigs in some of your projects. They seemed to rely on a very level and large surface to ride on. I would have preferred to make one of those. I don’t have ea big enough workspace footprint to make a nice work bench yet. Therefore, It had to be the basic planing sled for me.
I got the idea from wood whisperer. 100% credit goes to his router sled video. Thank you sir!
This basic sled relies on having 2 sacrificial rails to ride the sled on. The sled just has a smooth surface (track) to slide the router back and forth on and 2 side stretchers to keep the the plywood base from sagging. The side stretchers also serve as a fence to limit router movement.
You may notice that one of my side rails is incorrectly screwed into the side of my plywood. I really should have all the screws going from the bottom of the track into the stretchers. There is a really good reason for that. I totally messed up and cut the track too narrow. Those screws are about an inch away from the router blades. I was very close to cutting into a large piece of plywood for a a wider track but did the math and proceeded. Remember, measure twice then screw up anyway.
As for the rails on the sides. I made sure I was exactly 3\8 of and inch above the edges of the desktop surface. I used a thin strip of wood as a spacer. It made the task of camping the rails much easier. The spacers came out after my clamps were in place.
Don’t worry about running your router into those rails. You can still use them several times then flip them over and use them again.
I recommend that the rails protrude several inches beyond your workpiece. It will give the sled support as you near the ends of your work. You’ll also need to make sure your clamps are lower than the edges of the rails. Otherwise your sled will bump into them.
Watch the wood whisperer video. He will step you through using a jig like this to plane your workbench. I’ll find the link and post it for you a little later.
Right now I have to take my daughter’s BOYFRIEND home. Grrrrrr
Edit: As promised
174 – Flattening Workbenches and Wide Boards With…: http://youtu.be/qtkBZHLJyD0
-- Thanks for all the lessons!