My Simple Surfacing Jig

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Project by Jeepin85CJ7 posted 02-23-2016 08:31 PM 1171 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working on surfacing some Cherry and Walnut yesterday, in order to make a few cutting boards and I wanted to share how easy surfacing a screwed up board can be without a big Jointer. I bought this cherry slab this weekend and it was curved and all sorts of screwed up, but it was $25 for a 2 3/4” thick by 20” long by 24” wide.

I brought it home and was attempting to figure out how to begin and had to take a chuck off with my circular saw and then I went to surfacing it. My surfacing jig consists of the following – 3 pieces of 1/2” plywood, my router, two pieces of 2×4 and an old table leaf. I have seen a lot online of how to do this with tape and all sorts of trouble, I found the easiest way is to shim up the piece and take out the wobble and put a lot of screws really tight to the piece all around. Then you just let the router do the work.

One tip, before you start, take some paste wax and apply it to the tray the router rides in, this helps in ways you can’t imagine. I just wanted to share how simple this really is for anyone who has that awkward slab sitting in the corner of their shop.

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 12:22 AM

thanks for the tip – looks like it works fine

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 02:16 AM

very cool! Do you have pics of your router fixture apparatus?

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#3 posted 02-24-2016 03:20 PM

Yea, I can get the pictures later on today.

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#4 posted 03-01-2016 01:48 AM

Sorry for the delay,

but here’s the picture. One improvement would be to use a router guide bushing!

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