|Project by justgrif||posted 02-22-2016 10:42 PM||2660 views||21 times favorited||4 comments|
Since I plan on making several more live edge tables, I decided to build Nick Offerman’s jig as featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine. It took me a weekend to source my materials and put everything together. Luckily, I live near Highland Woodworking, with a Home Depot and Lowes practically down the street.
The bulk of the router trough is made of 3/4” MDF. The bottom is melamine-veneered particle board. The rails and supports are pine 2 X 6’s handplaned to equal size and square. I made a phenolic router plate that custom fits to the trough so the router can slide back and forth with zero wiggle. I’m using a 1.5” wide plunge cutting router bit because that’s what I had on hand, though I may see about getting something even larger. Everything is fastened together with plenty of countersunk 2.5” Spax screws.
Something I especially like about this design are the vent holes in the trough, allowing the router plate to sweep dust out of the way as it moves. This is basically a 48” wide planer, so you can imagine the amount of waste this potentially generates. I may cut a few more holes along the middle area.
The jig turned out really solid and operates well. It’s a tight fit in my tiny shop, but will break down and stack on a high shelf in the rafters pretty neatly. I may make some of my own tweaks, such as adding dust collection and perhaps tape some gradations to the sides so I can dial in the rough height quickly. I’m sure this contraption will seem comically large when flattening cutting boards. I’m also somewhat curious about how it would do on glued-up panels too wide for my planer.