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    slab flattening jig/table build

    I did a little horse trading and was able to obtain one of Larry's outstanding walnut slabs.Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	66327 It's destined to become a coffee table for the living room. I've started building a slab flattening jig to use with a router. Here's a few pictures of what I've got done so far. I've got the sled part mostly finished. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	66335 In the second picture I just noticed I have the end on upside down. I got the idea from Nick Offerman in an article he did for fine woodworking. I'll have a few questions as I go along. I forgot to add the base plate that I made using 3/8" lexan.
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    thats the best way to get it flat john,, and make sure you have it leveled up as close as you can so you dont need to take to much off one side or the other john..
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    Pretty interesting!

    Does this jig just rest on the top of your bench or are there going to be a set of rails for it to ride on?

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    Looks good John. I saw a guy demo a 6" Makita handheld power planer once. Didn't look like how I'd want to do it.

    How big will the finished table top be?
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    What size bit will you be using for the job?

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    Thanks Larry, I'll be sure to get it as level as I can. I'd hate to loose anymore of that chocolate goodness that I have too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    Pretty interesting!

    Does this jig just rest on the top of your bench or are there going to be a set of rails for it to ride on?
    It has a set of rails that it rides on. When I get those made I'll post a few pics.

    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Looks good John. I saw a guy demo a 6" Makita handheld power planer once. Didn't look like how I'd want to do it.

    How big will the finished table top be?
    Right now I'm looking at around 40" wide. The length is one of those questions that I have. I'm thinking about cutting some off the bottom to make the legs for the table.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    What size bit will you be using for the job?
    The bit is a 1 1/2" from magnate http://www.magnate.net/index.cfm?eve...roup&theID=136
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    That carriage assembly is looking top-rate John Looking forward to the rail system you come up with. I'm currently without a planer and I'm leaning to building a smaller version as a stand-in until I hit the lottery
    Sure beats this hillbilly contraption I slapped together using the top rails from a cyclone fence, a year or so ago to flatten my bench top
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    John, I have the PDF for that jig and can't wait to make it this summer when I have more time. I have some slabs that I chainsawed this past winter that I hope to make into some tables this fall. Will be watching this thread close, thanks for sharing.
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    Sweet. I need to build one of those here pretty soon...
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    I finished the jig, here's a couple of pics showing hopefully how it will work. How's that curly birch ply look? The other side is even better than that one. I noticed I left a screw out too!

    I'm off to take my son to a friends birthday party. I might start the flattening of that beast later today!

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