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Router Sled
« on: December 16, 2016, 08:53:35 AM »
I have a bunch of Cedar and Walnut slabs that I intend to make coffee tables from. The Walnut needed  some serious straightening. The only way I can do this was to was to make a sled. So this is what I came up with and surprisingly it worked real good for me. bg   

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 09:20:04 AM »
Looks great! I have not seen one made from steel yet, usually see them made from mdf. How wide is the slab?

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 09:41:14 AM »
Here is mine I made last year to flatten a 40" x ~80" cedar slab pair.

 

 

 

 

 

Worked pretty well.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2016, 09:51:43 AM »
Those setups look nice.

ljohnsaw,  were did you get that bit?   

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2016, 10:41:21 AM »
Those setups look nice.

ljohnsaw,  were did you get that bit?

I think it was MLCS but I don't see it listed.  you could call them.  My current catalog has a 1" bottom cleaning bit ($16.95) and 1" Dish Cutter bit ($19) with 3/16" rounded edge.  I used a 2" (IIRC) as that was a good balance between size and price.  As you go further up in size, the price climbs drastically.  The flat/sharp corner bit I used would leave a very tiny ridge between passes due to the minuscule error in mounting.  It wasn't perfectly level with the tracks.  However, doing the cedar, my random orbit took it off with a quick pass.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2016, 11:50:24 AM »
That is a nice sled. On my list of things I want to build.  How long did it take to flatten that walnut  slab? :)
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2016, 02:42:58 PM »
Wouldn't it be faster and more efficient to make a track like that for a 3.25" electric hand planer...?
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2016, 09:35:13 PM »
FalconFan, its 24" x 44" long. bg

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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2016, 09:41:23 PM »
21incher, it took about 30 min. per side. I had bought a 1 1/4" straight bit as the place didn't have exactly what I wanted. I ordered a 1 1/2" flattening bit. That will be all my router will pull. This is just a for fun thing anyway. bg

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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2016, 09:46:26 PM »
Delawherejoe. Could be, I don't know. I don't have one of those planes anyway. bg

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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2016, 06:55:00 AM »
Looks good, But would a power hand planer on a sled work in a of the time?
I don't know, The only sled I made is for a skillsaw to cut off the ends of slabs and things.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2016, 10:04:59 AM »
My experience with a hand planer is they can't eject the long chips generated by cross grain cutting, it clogs every pass or two. If you run up and down the track lengthwise it should work but they don't have much power.
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Re: Router Sled
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2017, 07:45:37 PM »
Just use this idea to come up with a sled that is easy to throw together when needed. Buddy welded up the 12" wide rails for me and then I bought two fence posts from depot since they stay square with weather change and used the workbench which is a full sheet of ply.  Thanks for the idea and hope to test tomorrow when I get the right length screw for the new router plate. 

 
 

  

  

  

 
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