In Need of Router Planing Jig
First time post here.
I have been woodworking for about 3 years or so. In that time I have found that I am often making needing to make panels for cabinets or other miscellaenous peices of furniture.
My typical practice is to mill my lumber, get it to "rough thickness", and then glue up the individual boards of the panel. After the glue is dried I knock off any dried glue with a chisel and, if the board is small enough, I run it through my 13 inch thickness planer to get to final thickness. My problem is with panels that will not fit in my planer. For those I take them to a lumber yard where they run them through a 36 inch thickness sander. They do a great job, but it's rather costly plus it's a 90 minute round trip.
I'd love to get a thickness sander of my own but that's not in the budget right now. So I wondered if any of you would be able to point me to an easy to make, router planer sled? My skills are very elementary so I probably can't make anything really elaborate just yet. Is there anything that maybe you used as your first sled that you wouldn't mind sharing the plans for? I have seen pictures of what appear to be a couple rails attached to a flat panel where the workpeice sits and them some type of shopmade carriage that carries the router.
I am brand new to this forum and have not yet explored all of its content so if there is even a link to a previous thread that you could point me to that would be extremely helpful.
I hope this all made sense.
Thanks in advance