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Routing a small sign like this, even using a large sub-base would be difficult to keep the router level. The skis solve this, and many other problems.
Unfortunately, all my projects have anything from 10 to 40 + photographs and it appears that I can’t post such projects in zip or pdf format. A great pity!

-- Harry, Western Australia





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Martyroc

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#1 posted 786 days ago

Nice sign.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 786 days ago

Sign looks great!

Do you use “downhill” or “cross country” skis? Lol.
It would be good to see your “skis”, so that I knew what you were talking about.

Thanks for sharing the sign.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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joey bealis

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#3 posted 786 days ago

Nice work.

-- We the willing. http://www.woodanddreams.com

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harry1

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#4 posted 786 days ago

Thanks guys, if only there wasn’t such a tiny limit on files I would post everything you will ever need to know about router skis, including a photo-shoot on the making of a pair of skis.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 786 days ago

Harry,
Thanks for the additional photos.

I made a not so similar planing sled 6-8 years ago. It worked really well for dimensioning flat stock.
How is the “flex” of the ski, with the weight of the router on it?

Again, thanks for the update/photos!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 786 days ago

Hi Harry Welcome to Ljs
That’s a great sign and the sleds look like a very versatile tools.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BTKS

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#7 posted 786 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. You have a really nice setup! I think my old PC router will take through rods. This may be the way I need to go to plane wide surfaces, thanks for the pics.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 786 days ago

Harry,

I’m not really sure of this… but, this is what I think is the case…

When a Project is posted, it’s more of showing the Final Result of THE Project... containing a possible LINK to a Blog where the Project is explained in as much detail as the author wants to make it.

I know you are used to making One post to cover the Whole thing…

Here at LumberJocks, the Blog (not the “Project”) is more of what you are comfortable with.

May I suggest that to make a Blog on the subject… and Let it All Hang Out like you are accustomed?

EDIT:
Come to think of it, you could go to the General Woodworking forum and Start a New Thread, Title it, and do what you’re accustomed to there… Probably would be easier than a Blog…
(I think)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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harry1

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#9 posted 786 days ago

Thanks everyone for your warm welcome. Randy, I use Makita routers for the skis and they have 12mm side fence holes. Using 12mm rods 27.5” long causes no sag, bearing in mind that the skis are operated by holding the end cheeks, not the router’s handles, by doing so there is enormous mechanical advantage, whereas, using the router’s handles, down pressure will vary, causing uneven depth of cut.
In summary, the thinner the rods, the shorter they must be, also don’t forget that they must be such length so that they wont drop off the edge of the bench. For most of my ski routing I place a large low cost sheet of chipboard on top of my router table as a sacrificial bench top.

Here is a shot of a well used sacrificial bench top, well overdue for turning over, which it has since this shot was taken!

Joe, I’ll experiment over the next few days.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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harry1

509 posts in 787 days


#10 posted 785 days ago

I’m surprised and delighted that I’m in the top three daily posters after being a Lumberjock for less than 24 hours!
I do wish though that I could post full detailed projects whose file size in pdf format vary between about 600k to 2Mgs, the latter for a very few. These projects cover routing, incl. ski routing, boxes, clocks, even turning, although I’m no expert at the latter. Here are a few shots of turnings.!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/lzwb0ez.jpg!

I don’t know how the vase came out as a link!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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WiZeR

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#11 posted 785 days ago

John I would be interested in seeing the process involved with your router ski’s. Could you either send me the PDF or post it online somewhere (such as a blog) for people to view it?

-- http://www.thewoodhaven.co.uk Home of Woodworking.

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harry1

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#12 posted 784 days ago

I’m not sure if the above message was meant for me as my name is Harry, but assuming that it is, unfortunately at this stage I don’t understand what blogs are all about, perhaps when and if I do understand it I shall be perfectly happy posting links to a wide variety of projects.!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/lzy3kzk.jpg!

The last shot was a Jarrah box purchased from the undertaker, at no doubt a very inflated price for a widow to place her late husband’s ashes. The top had been laser engraved with a picture of her late husband BUT, she had quoted her own date of birth. The lady’s choices were to buy a second box or have the engraving removed bearing in mind that the surface of the top had to be dead flat and parallel to the bottom for accurate laser engraving. The box found it’s way to me via a woodworker whose drum sander couldn’t accept the height. The removal of the engraving was a great success.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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