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Forum topic by Tim Dahn posted 05-14-2009 11:38 PM 1194 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2009 11:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question router

Hi all, I need some help/ideas/pics/tips on building a router jig to surface my workbench. I was thinking of temporarily attaching guide rails to the front and back bench top to slide the router jig one end to the other. any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 05-14-2009 11:48 PM

you’re talking about planing the top I think there are lots of articles on this painstaking work .First you need a good set of wooden guides fitted so as not to move, and be equidistant each one to another from the top of your bench Otherwise you will get low spots and high spots..They should be set above your bench so as to allow the router space to skim the complete top this might have to be done in several passes good luck but look it up under router planing in the first place good luck Alistair

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 12:00 AM

I think GaryK had a excellent setup for planing large surfaces.

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 12:40 AM

Marks Right Garyk has it in his piecrust table project.

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 02:52 AM

Thats where I saw it! I was looking through Gary’s projects and blogs and coming up empty, thanks!

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 03:33 PM

I used the Tage Frid method and it worked a treat

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 04:14 PM

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#7 posted 05-15-2009 04:40 PM

Tim, I seem to be seconding Damian quite a bit today – but I have to second him on this one as well…

I’ve heard people have good results with that method, and is simple to make.

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#8 posted 05-15-2009 04:52 PM

What can I say PL, great minds think alike.. and fools rarely differ :)

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#9 posted 05-15-2009 06:50 PM


Would be better to leave the rails longer a foot




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#10 posted 05-15-2009 07:31 PM

That’s how I did my bench top. I didn’t know it was the Tage Frid method though.

Unlike the pictures above with the rabbet along the edges I just clamped a piece of wood as a spacer.

The little router sled I used for my pie crust table would work perfectly.

Using a 1 1/2” bottoming bit will save you a lot of routing.

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#11 posted 05-15-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks everyone for your input looks like I have reading material. Moai- pics always help, thanks. Gary-I picked up a 1 1/4’ bit yesterday ( biggest one they had).

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