|Project by Jero||posted 10-30-2012 12:10 PM||12783 views||50 times favorited||24 comments|
After making some smaller projects out of live-edge walnut that I had (see past projects), I got the live-edge “bug”. Found a guy that saws slabs of wood, visited last week and picked up a slab that would fit in my car. A 20 – 22” wide x 3” thick x 5’ long peice of white oak. A cheap practice peice. Of course being about 22” wide on one end, it wouldnt fit through the 20” wide planer. My next option was to make the router thickness planer that I had seen in Fine Woodworking several months ago done by TV’s Nick Offerman. I ran to the lumberyard Saturday to buy the materials I didnt have, worked on it 3 hours saturday, and 5 hours sunday, and it was done. Monday I installed my 3/4” diameter router bit, leveled the slab as best as I could and started cutting. It works great! It of course produces a LOT of sawdust. A dust collector or vacuum hooked up to the router would be beneficial. 3 passes on the top side, and 2 on the bottom and it was done, perfectly level on both surfaces. I researched some other routher planer jigs prior to making this one, but this one seemed the most logical for the sizes that I wanted to do, and for ease of storage. When broke down it takes up very little room.
-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI