Thought I would share pics of the slab flattening machine I am constantly upgrading. Made from 80/20 extrusion, it’s basically a CNC minus the computer and motor drives. While it could be converted, I like to manually run the router, so I have control over the cut.
Here’s the basic machine:
Slabs are held down via a vacuum table. Super simple design using a shop vac and weatherstripping.
The router is held steady on the track with linear bearings and a mount made exclusively for the PC router. Much safer than the traditional sled where the router can tip and/or jump up.
Had to get creative with height adjustment as the riser has no lock without a motor attached.
This machines is a bit overkill for anyone needing to surface a single slab but is proving indispensable in my shop, as I seem to be doing a lot of live-edge tables lately.
It does a very nice job and makes tables that are too large for industrial machines, possible.
Thanks for looking. Hope it helps someone out.
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