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    Router Planer Sled

    Some X, some Y and some Z. Hand planing those air dried cherry slabs that have been taking up too much room in the shop has been wearing me out. I figured a router planer sled would get the job done better, so I put together some 8020 extrusions, some Rockler Multi Track, some angle and floor brackets, various t-nuts and some turned inline skate wheels to create my version. Finally finished it today and gave it a test run. Useable area is 25" x 86" with about a three inch height adjustment range before I have to block up the frame. I just need to come up with a way to clamp the piece being planed. Others have used various bench stop systems for that, so that's where I'm headed. The skate wheels worked out great and both X and Y movement is very smooth. Some minor ridges left after planing, but a cabinet scraper took care of them easily.
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    Last edited by Ted Calver; 01-28-2015 at 02:16 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Nice sled Ted, looks like it really works well. How long did it take to build it?
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    That looks great Ted! I plan to make Nick Offeman's version from Fine Woodworking sometime soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Hans View Post
    Nice sled Ted, looks like it really works well. How long did it take to build it?
    Hard to tell, Charles. I piddled with this off and on for a couple of weeks, figuring out what parts I needed and ordering from Amazon....probably six-seven hours total??

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    A really nice sled/jig/rig Ted. Very well done. I'm green. Well thought out and well executed.
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    That is sweet. Luv the turned wheels idea! Should get a ton of work out of that beauty
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    Nice looking sled Ted! Now you need one with a portable bandsaw setup on it.
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    Now that's just way COOL
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    Very nicely done, Ted!
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    OK. That's it. I have a list of shops I want to visit one day and yours just made the list. Gotta admire a brain that builds this. Good job, Ted.
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