|Project by Kevin May||posted 02-11-2012 10:27 PM||23605 views||61 times favorited||20 comments|
I had to build this Router Bridge Planner to overcome my lack of know-how or patience. Building my first ever end grain butcher block cutting boards, my ‘glue-up’ has resulted in boards with significant flatness issues. Needing a solution, what I decided on was to built this jig.
I constructed the support runners to act both as support runners for the sliding bridge and as clamping jaws for the cutting board. You can see how this works in the pictures. The Bridge has 1 piece of 1/4” poly-carbonate to mount the router, allowing me to see the tool bit. The bridge is 45” long, enough to span a 20” cutting board.
This worked great to mill the cutting boards flat. The down side is that it tore the grain significantly, leaving me with a lot of sanding to do. I used a 3/4” square router bit. Any helpful input on router bit style, router speed, or movement speed would be appreciated. I also need to find some way to trap the cuttings and/or attach a vacuum hose.
Thanks for checking this out.
I’ll be changing my signature tag to “Patience is a virtue.”
-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!" www.kevinmaywoodworks.com