|Project by AZWoody||posted 02-28-2016 09:00 PM||5302 views||20 times favorited||13 comments|
I have a shop full of slabs, some of which are too big for my jointer and/or planer. So, I had to either buy some larger tools or use what I had on hand to come up to a solution.
I wanted to make a router sled that would let me flatten my slabs but not let me take up my workbench and would also let me mill longer and wider than my work bench is.
I decided to use uni-strut as it’s very rigid and I could use the rails as tracks for a sled. I then used 1 1/8 plywood ripped and then glued together to make the main frame. For the legs, I had some scrap pieces of 2×2 red oack and I screwed adjustable feet so I could get the rails to parallel.
The router is a Triton TRA001 and it has a lot of power. I had a Woodpecker router table insert, so I used that as the base of the sled and for the cutting bit, it is a Woodstock 1 1/2” flat bottom carbide bit.
The rollers are use on farm equipment around here. They are twine rollers for baler needles and they ride perfectly along the uni-strut.
The whole carriage can be raised up or down, depending on the thickness of the lumber I’m using.
This is also hinged so I can fold it up to the wall to get it out of the way. After making it and using it, I will open it up a bit and make it wider. Right now, I can do a slab that’s a little under 3 feet wide I believe and up to maybe 7 feet. I want to be able to do a full 4 foot wide by 8 foot slab. It shouldn’t be too hard and the construction is rather simple.
From the photo, you can see that it makes a very smooth cut and with only some sanding, can remove and of the milling marks. Overall I’m pleased with this and will soon start getting to work on some larger projects for the home, rather than the shop.