Improved Router Planer

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Project by Tcombad posted 01-20-2013 04:54 AM 18661 views 54 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My original model was a piece of plywood laid across the 2×4s screwed to another piece of plywood. I was getting some sagging of the top piece that was causing gaps on my cutting board glue-up.

I added a piece of mdf for a flatter bed, and put aluminum angle on the 2×4’s. i used crossed strings to insure they where parralel. The new platform is of 3/4” melamine with more aluminum angle on the sides so my router table insert fits perfectly between them. I was using my plunge base before and having the micro adjustment of the fixed base is a major improvement. Able to take of alot less material then before.

I’m going to through bolt the angle to melamine to try and make sure theres no sag in the middle again.

-- Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. - Papa Hemingway

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 05:06 AM

Looks like a good improvement.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 05:55 AM

Good job. I have a tree slab that needs some flattening. This thing should be perfect for the task.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 06:16 AM

I made one using Tslot extruded aluminum (from eBay) and the linear bearings (also from eBay) but my brother woodworking buddy wanted it so bad my brother paid me for all of the parts and now I don’t have a router plane.

Other than than the material differences my looked a lot like yours and proved well worth the effort for as long as I had it.

You will find a lot wood that was once hard to use can now be flattened and used for projects.

Good tool good build!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 07:07 AM

Hmmmmm…. That will work as my makeshift planer. Great work, I am glad you posted. Gives me a good reason to go to Lowe’s. I wonder what time they open on Sundays?

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 07:16 AM

Yes this works beautifully as a planer. When my shop was in the basement I made a lot of small projects and that is what I used to “square” up the small pieces that were too small for a conventional planer!

It is also very safe as you have both hands on the router and can’t get near the cutter!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 01:17 PM

man I could have used something like this a few months ago…I made my wife a cutting board but never really working with wood before it was kind of wobbly. I was able to fix it and she loves it but the set up right there would be awesome. I might have to try and build it.

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 03:51 PM

Good solution with the angle irons both as support and to prevent wear. I bought some box aluminum in 6ft lengths (used by house builders as a straight edge) to make a router planer with, but I haven’t gotten further with it yet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 05:52 PM

I really like this! I actually have a spare router plate for my 1617 that it looks like I now have a use for! Good thinking on the angle iron—I’ve always wondered about smooth operation and premature wear with all-wood router sleds.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 09:08 PM


-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 03:45 PM

Awesome router plane. I also love that router (I have the same one)

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 06:34 PM

Thanks all for the kind complements. This jig certainly has made a difference for my projects, especialy since i don’t own a real planer.

-- Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. - Papa Hemingway

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