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Project by watermark posted 511 days ago 2740 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used the rails from my Alaskan mill as guides for this router jig. Carriage bolts go through the 2×4s to hold the rails in place and nuts on both sides of the board are used to level. The idea was to have guides for the jig I didn’t need to plain before using them after sitting between jobs. These pics are from my test run and I will be adding holes to the 2×4s for clamping them in place and I am sure a lot of other adaptations as time goes on.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb





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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 511 days ago

Very good idea, I like it.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 511 days ago

Very cool idea. I am just building a router planer setup.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 511 days ago

Nice simple set up, looks good. I noticed you use the rails mounted on two saw horses setting on the grass, how do you ensure the two aluminum channels are in the same plane, and that you’re not adding a twist to the top?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 511 days ago

Very creative. It looks like it would work good.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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stefang

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#5 posted 511 days ago

A good idea to use metal rails. I bought some aluminum rails a couple of years ago to use for my jig, but still haven’t made it yet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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watermark

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#6 posted 511 days ago

Oldtool I was wishing I had a solid level surface to work off.

I made sure the horses were firm on the ground and roughly level then shimmed my slab to level. I then set one rail to slightly above the slab and level. I used that rail as a bench mark to level the second one length wise and across the slab.

I am new to this so I may be mistaken that this method works. Any advice from more experienced people is welcome.

I was just cutting flat areas on the slab to mount my legs but I saw a possible problem with the metal rails if the piece being leveled was as wide as the sled allows you would have to be careful not to hit the rails with the router bit.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 510 days ago

watermark:
Here’s a good two string method to make sure your two aluminum rails are in the same plane:
http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/flattening-workbenches-and-wide-boards-with-a-router/

The setup is pretty much what your are doing, and should ensure you get a nice flat surface.
Have fun woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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wrightly

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#8 posted 504 days ago

i want to make me something like this for thicknessing stock. very nice. like what you did with the rails

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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camps764

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#9 posted 440 days ago

I’ve made something similar – works like a charm!

Looks like you used 3/4 ply for your carriage – good call. I used 1/2 for my first build and had to rebuild due to sag in the middle.

Even with 3/4 I found I have to be careful about where I put my weight when moving the router back and forth. Mine doesn’t leave a perfect surface, but it gets it pretty darn close – after I get it close I use hand planes to get it nice and flat.

REALLY like your rails!

-- Steve. Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/campbellwoodworking or check me out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/campbellwoodworkingne

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