Trim Router Planer Sled and a Big Burly Sycamore Slab

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Project by Michael posted 03-28-2012 12:44 PM 6919 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know that I’m not the first here to make and use a router planer sled; I never would have been able to do it without seeing other LJ member’s postings. So, thank you.

I have two large Sycamore slabs that I got on my last wood buying trip. These slabs don’t even come close to being able to fit though the Jointer/Planer in my shop.

This is a beautiful slab that I’ve been wanting to work on for awhile. I finally had the time and decided to tackle it. After studying other people’s router planer sleds I came up with the plan for mine. It went together quick and easy. I made it just wide enough to straddle the widest part of the slab. The slats spanning the slab are hardwood (Ovangkol) scrap (so as not to sag) and are spaced a little wider than my dish carving router bit. The bit has a pilot bearing which I used to keep it between the slats. Because of the size and weight of the slab, there was no need to clamp it down, it wasn’t going to budge. I had to be careful not to push the sled off the front or back of my workbench; fortunately that never happened.

At one point during the process, I had to take the sled apart and put the runners though the planer to keep pace with having removed material from the slab.

My trim router only has a 1/4” collet and my dish carving bit is just 3/4” wide. So, this was a slow going process. It took six to seven hours to plane both sides. But, it was worth it. The results are great.

Hopefully, my next posting will be a beautiful Sycamore slab coffee table. Unless someone has a better idea of what to do with this.

The finished table.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 01:11 PM

Good idea, good job. That will make a real nice table top.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 02:06 PM

How do you like the MFK700? Which CT do you have connected to it?

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 02:28 PM

Wow, that’s a big job for a trim router!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 02:59 PM

Love the Festool trim router. A CTL-36 is sucking on the other end of it.

-- ~Michael,

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 10:13 PM

Great job and nice looking slab

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 12:03 AM

looks pretty flat to me….

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 02:20 AM

YOU are one patient individual.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 03:58 AM

Wow what a great jig, love that it just rides on the table surface

-- Norman

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#9 posted 03-30-2012 05:50 PM

If you hadn’t used the Festool, it would have taken twice as long… :)

Great job! Looking forward to the final product.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 04-02-2012 02:39 PM

Wow what a great jig nice looking slab

-- Nimkee** Joe

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