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I live in Costa Rica My problem that I have is that I can get mill cut hardwood but have no way of planing the wood. To get a $350. planer to Costa Rica will cost me around $700.or more. I will be planing 8ft hardwood boards(1"X3"X96") to make a several work benches. My thoughts are to get a portable hand planer for smoothing the wood then glue my boards together then use a router with a sled to finish the surface of the tables. I am going back to the states to do some business and when I return I can only bring back two suit cases each weighing not more then 50 lbs. I would like a planner/ jointer but its over 200lbs.Are their any other suggestions as what I can do ? and what equipment (brand names) I should buy?
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I live in Costa Rica My problem that I have is that I can get mill cut hardwood but have no way of planing the wood. To get a $350. planer to Costa Rica will cost me around $700.or more. I will be planing 8ft hardwood boards(1"X3"X96") to make a several work benches. My thoughts are to get a portable hand planer for smoothing the wood then glue my boards together then use a router with a sled to finish the surface of the tables. I am going back to the states to do some business and when I return I can only bring back two suit cases each weighing not more then 50 lbs. I would like a planner/ jointer but its over 200lbs.Are their any other suggestions as what I can do ? and what equipment (brand names) I should buy?
You can build a set of router skis (search skis on this forum) or attach a router to a sled. A plane able to do the job will cost over $200 and you need the skill to use the plane and to be able to sharpen the blades to razor sharpness. Lee Valley is the best source for planes and sharpening tools.

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This will work for any wood you can get. Just make it whatever size you need.

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I am going to buy a new router and I am considering a Bosch 1619EVS router since I am working with hard wood that is still wet. I need to know what type of problems could I run into? and which bit do you recommend for this type of job ? The wood that's available to me is teak melina and cypress ceder. (mill cut rough and cheap.)
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The biggest problem you will run into is finding a 1619EVS. They have been out of stock everywhere I know of for months. Last word from the Bosch rep was more 1619's should be available in October.

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If the wood is too wet, it may not finish very smoothly. You may need to air dry it a little. I suspect the climate of Costa Rica makes it hard to dry wood to very dry. A large diameter straight bit will do the job and straight bits are among the cheapest. How large you can run depends on the hardness of the wood, the depth of cut, and the feed speed.

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Thank you for your reply,that is the information I was looking for.
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Here is one kind of bit that will do the planing with skis.
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I've seen larger ones, similar to a rosette cutter, but with flat cutters. Maybe 2" in dia. However, I don't know what they are called in order to search for them.
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Here is one kind of bit that will do the planing with skis.
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I've seen larger ones, similar to a rosette cutter, but with flat cutters. Maybe 2" in dia. However, I don't know what they are called in order to search for them.
I'll bet someone here knows what they are. Anyone???
Hi guys, usually I see them referred to as dado cleanout bits. Here is the one I use:
1 pc 1/2 Sh 1-3/4" Diameter Bottom Cleaning Router Bit | eBay

Or, If your feeling flush, you can check out CNC bits for spoilboard surfacing bits. You can get these in larger sizes:
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You can use many types of router bits like the one below, I use the one below for lap joints.. one bit for many types of jobs..

1 pc 1/2" SH New Bits Drawer Lock Joint Router Bit | eBay

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