Planing sled for my router

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Project by lhartmann posted 09-18-2012 03:10 PM 5376 views 47 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some slabs of wood I cut from a tree I am making into clocks. Tried to figure out how to plane them out and made this up from some scraps I had laying around. Works nicely.

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 04:17 PM

I love the setup. I made something simular but I need to make some changes to it. For my project I started with a cross section of a tree that was wedge shaped. I took one end from 3 inches to a nice flat overall 1 inch. Cutting the end grain was an interesting experience. I also got the 1 3/4 inch router bit.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 04:21 PM

Ive been thinking about building one of these for a while. I also have some slabs that need planed down. Ive seen a few different designs. I like the simlicity of yours. Do you just use wedges to keep the slab in place while routing? Great job.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 04:42 PM

My dad had a similar set up years ago. He also used it to make clocks. I would bet it would be useful for other things as well, it looks like it could be used to make dados and other such things, almost like a radial arm saw with a stacked dado.

I love projects like this, simple, fairly easy, extremely useful. Great job.

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 06:56 PM

great idea and design, gotta make me one now.. hmm

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 07:29 PM

Without a drum sander, this is THE BEST way to flatten end grain cutting boards. Nice work. A router is probably the most versatile tool one could own.

Now let’s see the clock!

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 07:58 PM

That’s simple enough for even me to figure out!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 08:42 PM

very nice! I like the design looks simple and efficient.

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 08:50 PM

Very Nice. It’s true when they say that necessity is the mother of all invention.

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 10:26 PM

Great idea. Simple design. Can’t wait to see one of the clocks

-- Jimmy, Upstate NY in the summer, somewhere south in the winter (on the boat).

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 10:45 PM

Vintage Black and Decker and a very simple design : ) Thanks for sharing this with us.
I think I might make a jig like this for endgrain cutting boards to level them off !
Added to my list of favorites .

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 11:41 PM

Nice job!
They work great for over-sized things.
Can’t wait to see some finish on that slab!
I made a similar one for Wife's Printer Table

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 01:13 AM

I’ve seen several of these posted but your appears the simplest to construct and use. Thanks for posting it. I too appreciate the vintage B&D router (and this slab is proof that it works!)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-19-2012 10:52 AM

I like that it is simple. You could make one for just ONE project and throw it away.

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#14 posted 09-19-2012 02:06 PM

Geez, seeing the picture for a few second I thought my girlfriend posted my planer sled I made a week ago. But I have green and blue routers. LOL Even the proportions are almost exactly the same. Mine slides on the surface of my workstation though.
You’re right hunter71, it is pretty easy to build it but you won’t throw it away. You rather consider some projects to have it used. LOL
Nice sled. Thanks for posting.

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 02:06 PM

great idea

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