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I am making a planing sled, mostly for my end grain cutting boards.

This is what I plan to put together. Taking some ideas from Ryan here.

Bottom is made of MDF
Fences are cheap aluminum levels.
Router sled is made of aluminum “angle iron”.

I’ll probably put 2×4s underneath the MDF, right under each of the rails. This will lift the unit off the bench a bit as well as give me something more solid than MDF to screw the rails into. I’ll also use pieces of 2×4s to attach each of the aluminum angle pieces just outside the fences.

The aluminum is pretty strong, deflection should not be an issue. If it is, I’ll buy some steel angle and attach the aluminum to it. This will give it strength as well as a smooth sliding surface.

Any design suggestions before I put it together?

Thanks for looking.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY





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oldskoolmodder

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 06:41 PM

I’m always a fan of cheap and easy “jigs”. Take a look at mine from a few years ago, and you’ll see that simply making a wood frame and attaching the aluminum angle keeps it from any “deflection” assuming you are talking sag. That aluminum at 1” or so is pretty strong, even with the weight of the router.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10177

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 12:10 AM

So that’s how it’s done! Thanks.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 12:27 AM

What does the final surface look like? I like the fact that I could use this on end grain as well as I’ve always been told not to use my thinkness planer on endgrain.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 03:26 AM

Quick n dirty … my kinda jig!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Andrew

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 02:40 PM

Dave, i have heard that the final surface is pretty smooth. I ordered a “bottom cleaning” 1.5” router bit to aid with that. I’ll post some pictures when I get a cutting board flattened. But I know others have had good luck with a similiar setup.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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snowdog

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 04:34 PM

Great jig, I’ll have to copy that. I have been running my cutting boards through the planer so I am restricted in the size of my boards.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Andrew

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 04:39 PM

It is now finished, I’ll take some pics tonight. I am dying to try it, the bit should be here today.

Snowdog – are you running the end grain board through the planer? Be careful…read the comments here:
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/end-grain-through-the-planer/

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 04:46 PM

Snowdog,
I’ll bet that this router jig would really work well on end grain boards. Much less chance of tear out than with a planer.
I’d use an 1.25” bowl and tray bit, though.
Here’s one on page 24. Bowl and Tray
I find that it leaves a smoother surface than a clean out bit.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Andrew

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 05:16 PM

I just tried this out for the first time. Worked ok, but lines from my passes are visible (but cannot be felt). Am I doing something wrong? I am using a bottom-cleaning bit.

The lines are tough to get out, and the only luck i had was using a 50-grit on the belt sander. BUt that leaves a lot of scratches that will be tough to get out.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#10 posted 01-14-2012 02:07 AM

very cool jig looks easy to use . / i use to live in the hill towns out of albany but worked on central ave small world

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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Andrew

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#11 posted 01-14-2012 03:00 AM

Nice, I live just outside albany, about 5 minutes west in.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#12 posted 01-14-2012 03:19 PM

Hmm , it is something to consider, I’ll have to make a jig for my router and see how well that works. The plus is that I could make wider cutting boards. But I’ll have to say it is really easy and fast to send the cutting board through my planer. I just make many passes and the smallest cuts each time. I do round over the edges prior to putting it through to stop the tear out and I always use a back up board to reduce (stop) snipe, and I always want to say skype instead of snipe :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Andrew

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#13 posted 01-14-2012 03:25 PM

snowdog, did you read that forum post I read? I’d not run end grain through the planer…

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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snowdog

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#14 posted 01-14-2012 03:31 PM

Yeah I did and told my wife, see I have to spend some money to make a new jig, she rolled her eyes and made that face that says “really? you lying sack of money wasting flesh” <laugh>

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Andrew

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 06:57 AM

Hehe, nice. I need to post pictures of the finished product, but you get the idea.

I used a 1.5” bottom-cleaning bit. It worked ok, but there were lines from the passes that were hard to remove. I think next time I might try a bowl-cutting bit. The rounded edges may make the lines less visible. They are expensive though!

Bowl-cutting:

Bottom-cleaning:

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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