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Router Sled
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:30:31 PM »
I usually flatten all the live edge slabs I have with hand planes that are too big for my planer. I found this product a while back and finally got around to using it this week.
It is a router sled that I power with a Makita router. It made short work of flattening the slabs and was fun to use. Made a short video on the tool and how the maple slabs turned out.


































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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 11:18:53 PM »
That is a fantastic piece of maple!  8)

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 07:13:21 PM »
I bought all the stuff needed to build a Router Sled to fit on the
rails of my saw mill.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2017, 05:12:53 AM »
I usually flatten all the live edge slabs I have with hand planes that are too big for my planer. I found this product a while back and finally got around to using it this week.
It is a router sled that I power with a Makita router. It made short work of flattening the slabs and was fun to use. Made a short video on the tool and how the maple slabs turned out.

Did you make the sled or is it store bought?  I want one!  That's just what I need for flattening and removing saw marks from my gunstock blanks.  Cheaper than a planer.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2017, 10:42:02 PM »
That's a slick set up, especially considering the one I made out of plywood and 2X's.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2017, 11:13:10 AM »
I've not done it but seems like a sled could be made for a power planer [I'm talking the hand held sort] that would flatten a slab much quicker than a router.

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2017, 08:39:30 PM »
I bought all the stuff needed to build a Router Sled to fit on the
rails of my saw mill.

Can you explain how you planned it to work or put up pictures?

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2017, 10:58:54 PM »
   As I understand the slabs had been cut 8-10 months. Was the log pretty dry when you cut it? I.e How dry was the slab - Moisture content?

    I feel guilty selling raw wood to my customers but I assume they are woodworkers and have more woodworking equipment than I do.

    I'd suggest a metal table for your outside set up you suggested. I could see where you could use the sawmill as a base if that is what Kbeitz did with his. Might have to walk around it a good bit.

   Why did you have to finish with a hand plane after routing? What do you sell a finished slab like that for if you don't mind me asking?

    Thanks for posting.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2017, 05:57:46 AM »

 Hey WV, I believe he was showing how he hand planed them before he had the router setup.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2017, 05:03:50 PM »
Weekend,

   The video ended with him hand planing so I assumed he had to do some minor finish work with a hand plane. I saw he started with his hand plane and was trying to show how much easier and better the router and sled worked.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2017, 05:40:59 PM »
The finish from the router isn't prefect, it usually has some slight swirl marks etc, and needs a bit more work before you can finish it. You can get into it with a sander at that point, or a quick run over with a hand plane leaves an even nicer finish.

Main thing is it's perfectly flat and any cup, bow, warp etc has been levelled out. No matter how good your sawmill is, big slabs of wood like that are going to move slightly as they dry out. Now you can level those out with a hand plane, straight edges, winding sticks etc. But it take a bit of time, and skill.

But if you are being paid by the table top, rather than the hour, Then 10 mins with the router sled and another 5 with the plane or sander sure beats 2 hours planing and measuring.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2017, 05:48:23 PM »
I bought all the stuff needed to build a Router Sled to fit on the
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Can you explain how you planned it to work or put up pictures?

I will start a new post when I get it under way.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 08:40:25 AM »
The slab had been kiln dried to 8% MC, The log has been on the ground spalting for about 2 years so the MC was pretty low when it came off the sawmill.

I use a pin less wagner meter to check MC.

The router sled gets the slab flat but does leave small swirls,cuts in the grain etc. You still have to either sand it or finish with a hand plane/scraper. I like to use my no7 Jointer plane with a very light cut to finish it off before scraping and or sanding.  I sale these slabs and you will get more money if you have a finished side showing the customer what they are buying rather than a rough sawn look.  I use to spend all day on the slabs doing them by hand. Now with this jig I can get one ready in less than 30 minutes. A big time saver for my shop.  As far as what they sale for that really depends on where you live and the market/demand for wood.

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 08:43:10 AM »
I usually flatten all the live edge slabs I have with hand planes that are too big for my planer. I found this product a while back and finally got around to using it this week.
It is a router sled that I power with a Makita router. It made short work of flattening the slabs and was fun to use. Made a short video on the tool and how the maple slabs turned out.

Did you make the sled or is it store bought?  I want one!  That's just what I need for flattening and removing saw marks from my gunstock blanks.  Cheaper than a planer.
Gary

This one is made by woodhaven. Google them. The whole set up minus the router was about 350$. The router was about that also due to the face I got the biggest makita I could find.
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2017, 12:33:54 PM »
That is one nice setup!
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