Finally finished my router jig

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Project by AngieO posted 08-19-2012 03:15 AM 10672 views 18 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…Today was a pretty busy day… in more ways than one. I got all my tools out and starting finishing up the jig I made last weekend. Last weekend I had thought I was finished when I realized it was too deep. So I decided to cut the rails down. Plus I put my bit slot in today.
I don’t have a planer and won’t any time soon so I wanted to have a way to plane down some boards that I have. I watched a few youtube videos and decided to make one. While the ones I saw on the videos were my inspiration… I didn’t have any plans to go by so I had to make it up as I went along. Here are a few pics of it.

I used 3/4” plywood for the base of the sled and the carriage.

I very patiently used my 3/4” straight bit to make my slot. I took off a small amount at a time and made multiple passes till I went all the way through.
I used some free pallet boards that a friend gave me for all the rails.

On the end of the carriage that I built I did end up adding a small board as a stop on the end. I added those on after I took the pictures.

Something I plan on making in the future is a cutting board. I wanted this sled deep enough that I could use this on a board that was 1 1/2” thick. But that meant it would be too deep (even after cutting it down) to do smaller boards like the 3/4” board I practiced on today. So I cut a piece of plywood to fit into the sled. It just slides in and out and gives me the thickness I need for the thinner boards.

I took an old pallet board and tested this out. It was about 3/4” x 3” x 14”. I used carpet tape to secure it to the base of the sled and planed down both faces, taking only a small amount off. I need to add some wax to it so that the carriage slides freely. Other than a few places where I used a little more pressure, it turned out pretty good.

Ok… so it’s plywood and pallet wood. I did not sand the rails before I attached them. (Sander is dead). And I just didn’t think it mattered. I’d like to hear suggestions on finishing it. I thought I’d just leave it like it is. But it gets pretty humid here and I wondered if I should put something on it. Would love to hear your feedback…. good and bad. :)

Oh… and I took the piece of board and made a box. It’s already glued up and now I just need to cut the lid off. Have to wait till tomorrow as everything is put away.

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 03:21 AM

Ok… correction. I think that the bases are both out of 1/2” plywood. I have some 3/4” left over from my bench. But my mom told me to go over to the barn on her old property (cousin lives there now) and that there were some boards in the back of the barn and that I could have some. There was about 30 sheets of 1/2 plywood stacked up in the back of the barn. I had to climb over an old broken down riding mower and all kinds of stuff to get to them. (futon bed frame and other junk piled up on each other). It was quite the site. My son got a big kick out of it. Once I got up there I had to have him help me get down.

The boards are all about 2 1/2’ long 1/2” plywood. They are dirty and the corners are a bit rough. I took maybe four or five. I will be going back for more.

Oh the things we do for free wood :)

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 04:07 AM

Very clever, and now an addition to my list of things to do.

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 04:08 AM

Looks good. It’s amazing what you can do with what you have when you are determined.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 04:23 AM

Nice jig! Good job! I love finding old lumbder to put to good use.

I know first hand that your jig will do the job! I made a jig for my router a little over a week ago to plane a saddle in some stool seats I was making. It’s a little different, take a peek!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 04:23 AM

You are an inspiration to all woodworkers ,you won’t be stopped no mater what,Don’t have a shop do wood working out side ,you don’t have a planner make a jig,you don’t have wood ,use pallets or beg borrow or ? the wood you need for the project on hand. You defiantly have a passion for woodworking. Great job on the sled and on your drive to get the job done. More power to you and the thousands of other folks out there getting the job done the best they know how just like you. as far as the finish goes you can use some poly either oil or waterbase. of course you do both sides to control the moisture intake equally on both sides.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 04:27 AM

Great job! Nice looking router sled. Now lets’ see what you make with it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 08-19-2012 05:31 AM

I warms my heart when I read about someone who is struggling against the odds and winning!

Angie O you are a winner! I like this jig a lot and I hope it serves you well!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 08-19-2012 09:53 AM

Angie thats a great jig

No stopping you now. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 08-19-2012 11:02 AM

Nice and simple!
I still don’t have a planer either. I need to build me one of these…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 08-19-2012 01:00 PM

Angie, you done good, girl! I admire and respect a capable woman. My hat’s off to you.
The jig you made is on my bucket list, because a friend gave me a slab of quarter sawn sycamore and I did not want to rip it to plane it (it is 26” x64”x1-1/2”). Thanks for the inspiration. A1Jim said it exactly right!
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#11 posted 08-19-2012 01:04 PM

Well done is right so ill echo those sentiments. A little beeswax on the rails helps its slide along nicely without binding up too much on ya.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#12 posted 08-19-2012 01:36 PM

a coat of shellac or lacquer will help to seal it as well as make the sliding surfaces more slippery and to make it even better wax it

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 01:37 PM

It looks like a winner Angie. If you want a finish on it, try 1 part BLO, 1 part poly, and 1 part mineral spirits. Wipe on a few coats and let it soak in…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#14 posted 08-19-2012 01:39 PM

Nicely done… not complicated… efficient.

As an alternative to wax, there are pressure sensitive tape that are very low friction suitable for the rails that will help with smooth sliding.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#15 posted 08-19-2012 02:52 PM


Good job. I’m sure your router sled will do the job. If you’r doing thicker chunks you can use wedges to lock the workpiece in place.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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