|Project by GlennsGrandson||posted 03-28-2013 05:17 PM||6697 views||64 times favorited||25 comments|
I’ve been recently trying my hand at some end grain cutting boards that a co-worker has been haggling me for. The first board glue-up didn’t go so well, I figured that out with a jig on the second one though (more on the Trials & Tribulations of End Grains CB’s another day).
I hand flattened the first side with my MillersFalls No.22, what a workout!! Dripping sweat and sore shoulders. I decided that I can’t do that for every board and I’m not sending it through the planer as I experimented with just an extra strip of end grain about 1 1/2” wide and didn’t even get it in 3/4” before it tried to spit it back out at me.
So I was looking at router sleds on here and I remembered that I had favorited this one quite some time ago.
I figured I have a dead flat workbench that is square (well, close enough) where I have great clamping options, so lets skip the runners and just make something to hold the router.
The outer sides are 3/4” birch ply with walnut…runners I guess, the “cradle” is 1/2” ply on the bottom and ends and it’s sides are supported with some QSWO. The walnut is twice as wide as the cradle for extra stability I guess. The bolts are 3/8” x 2 1/2” carriage bolts. Wing nuts and washers on the outside. Carefully cut slots for the bolts so the carriage bolts don’t turn upon tightening.
This is the second project in the past week that I remembered but didn’t reference it’s precursor until after the build and realized that I did something different. Oh well. My bolts are side by side whereas OldTool’s bolts are above and below. His may keep it from rocking better but hand tightening all four bolts with the wing nuts still proved to be very solid. Also, make sure to take off as little as possible but make sure your bit is plunged low enough to touch all of the board. I used marks on the board for leveling, works good.
Now how do I get those lines out? It feels nice and flat, but the lines…I will probably try a bowl bit in the future, this was just a 3/4” straight bit. But still, any tips or tricks?
A few more pictures.
The board with some mineral spirits on half of it after a bit of sanding. See the lines? (notice the arsenal of flattening/smoothing tools in the background)
All questions/comments are welcome and thanks for looking!!
-- Grant - S/N Dakota