new (scrap) planer/router jig

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Project by MRlonghorn posted 04-11-2010 08:38 PM 3326 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i got tired of hand planing all the wood i cut with my alaskan mill so i built this jig and it works great. i used a rabbet bit instead of a straight because it cuts more and doesnt dull as fast. and i can remove about 1/2” at atime without bogging down.

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 08:41 PM

very nice jig, how did you use a rabbit bit to plane wood? what about a dado cleanin bit or a mortising bit?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 09:11 PM

thanks for asking, the rabbit bit cuts at a different angle and by using a rabbit it doesnt chip out as bad. and it had a guide bearing on the bottom but i just took the grinder to it. it was easy to build and works better and smoother than most planers. it makes quick work of my slabs especially the warped ones.

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 11:44 PM

That dog will hunt…. I love jigs!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 03:32 PM

Interesting take on the router bit. Plus I would guess that the larger diameter of the bit must speed up the process some.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 05:10 PM

I like it. Some scrap wood and a good router bit sounds a helluva lot cheaper than planer.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 12:25 AM

Virtually the same set up I use for the same function. After starting with a straight bit (which had quite a bit of tear out), I tried a large diameter bowl bottom bit, which worked better. However, I’ve since moved to a 1” bottom cleaning bit (dado cleaning) and have no tear out at all when taking about 1/16” off. Try it out, I’m sure you’ll see even better performance.

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