|Project by Oldtool||posted 07-29-2012 07:48 PM||11500 views||92 times favorited||20 comments|
Not having enough room or money to put a jointer in my shop, and with a big project in the works that will require a large amount of lumber, I decided that rather than flattening all this straight from the sawmill rough cut lumber with hand planes, I would try my hand at making a router sled for this task.
The requirements I determined were to be: small for easy storage, adjustable for lumber of various thicknesses, and of course cheap to make.
Using one 2 ft. by 2 ft. section of 3/4” hardwood lumber from the big box store, 4 bolts @ 3/8 X 3”, with wing nuts and washers, I came up with the device in the photos.
It is basically a small sled to hold the router, the same width as my workbench less 1/16”, and two side members with slots to permit height adjustment. Also attached to the sides, one each 1” X 1” X 9” cherry scraps to add some stability to the assembly.
Friction holds the sled in place during use, but not enough to prevent one hand pushing it down the bench as I progress. If necessary, or for dado routing, the sled can be clamped to the table using the cherry stabilizers. The sides are marked in 1/2” increments starting at 1 and 1/4”, for quick adjustment for 4/4 through 12/4 lumber, and the plunge router is used for fine adjustments.
It works, its small for storage, its fast, and best of all it was cheap.
Thanks for looking.
UPDATE ON THE SLED:
I just surfaced about 1/3 of the 75 bd-ft of cherry I need for the 18th century secretary I’m making for the wife, and can provide the following improvement;
The scale I mention for the sides at half inch increments should be more like 1/8th inch increments. I’m working with 4/4 rough cut that was air dried by someone, without stickers. I have cupping, and warp, but the cup is almost as much as 1/8th inch or slightly more to be removed from the middle of the boards. I found that with a 1.25” setting, I was bottoming out on the sled, so I quickly set it for 6/4 boards, (1.75”), and this was too high or my plunge router.
I then had to disassemble and put additional markings on the scale to permit correct and level height settings closer to the boards.
That’s it, otherwise the sled worked very well, and the “Swivel Dogs” – http://lumberjocks.com/projects/69561. – were great as well.
If I had tried to surface these boards by hand as I have in the past, I think I’d drop woodworking for basket weaving.
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