#1
After fussing about with some warped boards for a while I decided I needed to make a large and versatile thicknessing setup for my router.
I threw this together pretty quickly, but it works like a charm. I just used an 8 foot piece of 1 1/2" aluminum angle, some plywood and melamine.



I've flattened a couple of cupped tops with it by securing them to the table with some deep countersunk screws (placed strategically), and some shims under the high spots.

I thought this pic might inspire somebody to make one, this could easily replace a planer if you wanted to save some money.
I still use my planer whenever I can, but with a warped board or with figured wood, this is more useful and safer.
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Doesn't this leave the surface a bit rough?
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#4
Very nice job Will! I love seeing people's homemade jigs, especially when they work just as well as this one does.
I may have to make myself one in the future.
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#5
i like this, great idea.

i need to try this sometime.
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Doesn't this leave the surface a bit rough?
You would be suprised how smooth routers can leave wood.




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So, what precautions do you need to take, with regards to assembly and are you using a bowl cutter or what?
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You would be suprised how smooth routers can leave wood.
It's always been my experience that the edges are incredibly smooth but the part that's cut at the square end leaves marks.
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#9
I'm using a 1 1/2" straight cutting bit (flat bottom).

It really makes a mess though, some serious goggles are a must!
The aluminum sled is super stiff, but still I make sure not to bear down on the router...just hold it in place and glide it along. I take the final pass with just a slight skim and go slowly, the surface it leaves is perfectly smooth. I wouldn't hesitate to use it as a gluing surface.
#10
sounds cool. now all you need is some servo motors to drive your "sled" and run the router back and forth. ... and a processor to automate it.
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#11
I wonder if I should try this with my 1/2" bits : (

Does it work okay for blanks that are uneven on both sides? I mean, you just blast over one side, then flip it and then the cut on the next side is parallel.
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I wonder if I should try this with my 1/2" bits : (

Does it work okay for blanks that are uneven on both sides? I mean, you just blast over one side, then flip it and then the cut on the next side is parallel.



From what I understand, you have to level it if it wobbles, wedges etc, then fix it down.
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Yes, I use it to level uneven boards. I just shim under it to hold it level, and once you machine the first side, you can just lay it down flat for the other.
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Yes, I use it to level uneven boards. I just shim under it to hold it level, and once you machine the first side, you can just lay it down flat for the other.


That's nice fluffy cream carpet to the left of the machine, by the way. Why none to the right or behind it?



When you say 1 1/2 inch flat bit, is that the width of the cuter or length of it?

This is what I heard was good and reduces the minimal lines that you can get.

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