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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-26-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Help!!! I built a workbench and used 2x6 pine for the top...Ole dip-wad didn't pay attention to the grain direction when he glued the edges, you know what happened......I know one can use a 15 inch plane but I don't want to buy one.. Now I have built the skis and am thinking how to use them with the router to level it? And what bit to use? I thought of using a base mounted to the router about 5 inches wide and 15 inches long to act like a bench plane. Is this feasible or are my meds out of control? Thanks for the look see.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 08:04 AM
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you should be able to screw a piece of angle iron to each long side of the bench. then you can build a sled for the router to ride the rails and take off a small bite with each pass. lower the bit each pass until you have a level bench top.

I built a small set up for planing wood this way since I don't have a planer. I'd post a link to a picture of it, but don't have enough posts to be able to do that yet!
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I should have added, I made my sled from angle iron. it needs to be wide enough that when you have the router all the way to one side of the bench, the sled is still riding the rail on the far side. Since I can't post links yet let me know if you want me to email or PM it to you.
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Good idea that! be sure to make the angle irons level with each other and use a sacrificial board between the iron and the surface to be leveled so that you can reach the edge and not contact the iron with the bit. I'd rig stops on the underside of the "sled" base.
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you should be able to screw a piece of angle iron to each long side of the bench. then you can build a sled for the router to ride the rails and take off a small bite with each pass. lower the bit each pass until you have a level bench top.

I built a small set up for planing wood this way since I don't have a planer. I'd post a link to a picture of it, but don't have enough posts to be able to do that yet!
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Greg,

Thanks so very much for the suggestion. I would very much like to see how you did it.
PM or email me, which ever is best for you..I'm in no hurry...my shop is not heated..
gcole55 at bellsouth dot net

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If all else fails try using the old fashioned method... a hand plane. I built a small work bench out of 2x6 pine also and that is how I leveled mine.

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George, email sent. I can't take complete credit for the idea. I actually was posting pictures of my guitar build in a guitar forum and one of the guys saw my thickness planing jig and said it reminded him of a way of leveling the top of a beat up work bench.

As I told George in the email, the bit I used was a 1.25" mortising bit. That might be a tad small for an entire work bench surface though.
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I built my original bench out of 2X6, nailed them in and never worried about truing the top up. After 22+ yrs. It's been pounded on with mallets, stabbed with chisles, cut into with jigsaws and circs, drilled you name it. The humps in the top where they occur never bothered me.

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Gene----Sounds great good plan, sounds like somthing I am planning. Frank Lee---Kingman AZ. Good Luck Post when you can.
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