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Offerman Router Thickness Planer

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Project by Jero posted 10-30-2012 12:10 PM 10599 views 48 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 12:14 PM

Nice work these are very effective.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dale

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 12:26 PM

Well done, Jeremy

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 01:31 PM

Effective jig. Good job. How much time do you think it took to plane both sides of the piece in the pictures?
- Jay

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 01:57 PM

I have got to build one of these setups. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 02:22 PM

made one about 3 mouths and I love it cut down on the planing time .
looks like you did a good job have fun

-- Nimkee** Joe

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Jero

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 03:21 PM

Thanks everyone. JSB – I didnt time the total time, but doing 3 passes on one side, and 2 on the other probably took an hour and a half or so.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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woodshaver

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 04:17 PM

There’s more than one way to get the job done! Looks like you found it! Nice job!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 05:23 PM

Hey Jero,
What bit do you use in your router??
Great build.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Jero

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 05:48 PM

Grumpymike: All I had was a 3/4” diameter, straight Bosch bit. Like I said before, it worked (obviously better than a smaller diameter bit), but if I do more of these, I’ll be purchasing a larger diameter bit.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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inchanga

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 06:36 PM

I’ve got the live edge bug as well and it takes about 2 hours to get a wide board ready for finish using an electric hand plane and sanding. The boards don,t come out perfectly flat like yours though so I may well invest in your system which looks great.

Well done.

-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 12:29 AM

Got one of these on the to do list as well. read that article about a dozen times.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 12:33 AM

Got one of these on the to do list as well. read that article about a dozen times.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 01:24 AM

You built a very functional jig that looks like it works perfectly. I especially like how it breaks down to take up less room in storage. That seems pretty quick to flatten that slab.

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

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stan3443

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 01:39 AM

great jig, i also like that it breakesdown. are those airplane wings behind it.

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 01:50 AM

Great post. I read the article too and was thinking of making one as well. How big of a router bit do you dare try? What do you think you could safely get away with for something like this? What about router speed? I am thinking the bigger the bit (larger the dia), the slower you want to run? Thanks for the post!

-Will

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