a lot of you know I've been seaerching for a cheap way to make thin flat pieces of wood. I had some success with a home made router sled.
I tried a couple different methods of adjusting the platen height so I could get the thickness i wanted (around 8mm, give or take a bit).
My mark three version is quite successful.
Remember, these pics are of something cobbled together from parts in the garage, its not pretty!
First, the base, this shows the slots I used on the mark two, trying to slide the inner surface closer to the router using threaded rod across the sides to squeeze the platen in place,
This time, i reversed the thinking. instead of raising the inner plate, I put the plate on four screw adjusters, and now the plate stays still and the sled base moves up and down.
heres the four screws, once held a bed head board in place, salvaged from an old bed base. Using old T nuts and hot glue to hold the nuts in place
Heres the base in its normal position with the screws showing.
Next is the plate, standing ready to be lowered onto the adjusting screws.
this is the thing, ready to go
Now, all I have to do is adjust each screw in turn to get the exact height I want from the top edge that the router sled slides along.
i can get a 10" x 8" piece of beech routed to my preferred 7mm thickness, with less than a half mm variation between highest and lowest.
Once something wears out, i will make a nicer looking replacement.