|Project by rrdesigns||posted 07-04-2011 04:04 AM||8921 views||44 times favorited||10 comments|
After viewing Mochoa’s project (http://lumberjocks.com/mochoa/blog/24136), and reading Bob Kollman’s comment I decided to use their ideas and suggestions and create my own router sled for flattening cutting boards. I built a box with some gripper shelf liner in the bottom to help hold the board still and to act as a guide and containment area for the boards. It has a 3/4” false bottom insert to accommodate different thicknesses of boards. “Slipit” sliding compound was applied as a lubricant for the rails and the bottom of the sled. The sled consists of a sheet of Lexan with a hole drilled into it for the bit shank and countersunk holes to mount the router. I removed the router base and used the Lexan in its’ place. 3/8” x 2” oak strips were glued to the Lexan to act as the sled, with extra length included for hand holds. A Whiteside Bowl & Tray bit in the router works well with one exception, the router bit occasionally left burn marks on the board, mostly around the edges. They sanded out but were a bit of a nuisance. I’ll go in search of a better bit and see if it makes any difference…UPDATE (7/6/11)...switched the bit out for Freud’s dish carving version with better results.
-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs