|Project by SASmith||posted 11-18-2010 11:15 PM||7500 views||10 times favorited||14 comments|
I recently purchased a 3 in thick maple butcher block table at auction. The table is 30” wide over 6’ long and way too heavy for my drum sander and too wide for my planer. My solution was to scab on a couple of 2×4s to my router planer sled I built to surface cutting boards (before I built a drum sander). This jig uses torsion box construction(glued buttjoints with brads). The core is made of particleboard and skinned with thin plywood.
pic 1: Jig on table after the job was complete.
pic 2: Underside view of the jig.
pic 3: Skin showing pencil lines of where the core pieces are placed.
Pic 4: Shows method used to mount the router
The table was cupped just over 1/4” on the top. I used 4 passes in about 30 minutes to resurface the top with the router then some light sanding. I bought this table for $20 because most people did not know what it was….it was covered with formica. Do you think that formica on the top and not on the bottom caused this top to cup? This top will find a new home on a workbench I intend to build soon. Questions and comments welcome.
-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois