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Forum topic by Shane posted 07-30-2013 01:15 PM 743 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shane

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07-30-2013 01:15 PM

So last night I tried my hand at building a router sled to flatten a cutting board that had a twist in it. It worked well but the issue is that it isn’t reusable. The sled for the router can be used again but the rails got torn up by the process. Even if they hadn’t, the height might not be what I need next time. Is there a way to make these reusable? Also, what do you guys use for the base? How do you secure the board so it won’t move while you are routing? I just used some scrap blocks that I nailed into the base to hold it in place.

Thanks

Shane


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#1 posted 07-30-2013 03:13 PM

Hey Shane,

I made a router sled for flattening larger slabs for tables, etc. The plans I used were from Fine Woodworking #222. The plans make it easy to build the sled to the dimensions that suit the scale of your projects.

I have an LJ blog entry about one of the tops using the sled.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 03:21 PM

Thanks L2S.

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 04:02 PM

I built my own out of some 3/4 ply. I made the sides long enough so I could adjust the bit down to the lowest project I thought I might need, and I have some blocks I put under the legs to raise it up higher when I need to. My widest flattest surface is my TS, so I made the jig wide enough to fit on the TS comfortably. That let’s me flatten anything up to about 4” less that the front to back width of my TS.

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 04:15 PM

brtech, I’d love to see a pic of your setup. I’m having trouble picturing how that would work. My rails had to be with in a 1/4 inch of the surface I was trying to plane because that’s as far as I can get the bit to protrude from the bottom of the sled…

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 04:27 PM

Unfortunately, I am traveling and won’t be back in my shop until next Sunday. I will do it then, but that might be too late for you. My router has more range.

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