I did a fair amount of planing with the router skis today and had pretty good success mainly do to the many threads by a few who have shared their knowledge on building and using skis. Of course planing is one of router skis many uses. Below I have a few questions and a few observations
1.) There were a few hairline tracks (difference in depth) left from one pass to the next pass over. I am not sure of the cause. I looked at the tightening screws on the shaft base that tighten the base to the skis rods. I also wondered about the Vacum hose causing the router to shift. I tried tightening just one screw which helped a little and tried it with the vacum hose removed which didn't seem to matter. Though there were 'tracks it didn't take but a minute to even it out with the belt sander
2) When I made a pass I found better results by first going down clockwise then back up the same path counter clockwise before loosening the router and sliding it over on the rods for another almost full width of bit pass. Also making the down and then up passes starting from the far left and ending on the far right seemed to have better results. I am curious if there is a correct direction or path to follow in planing with skis
3) Planing Red Oak clogs the vacum hose with its stringy shavings but even with it unclogged you have a mess in just a few minutes. I ended up with my half face mask on. I changed the filter on the shop vac 4 times and emptied it every time and probably had a seperate 5 gallon bucket full of shavings and dust that I collected off the table and floor
4) It took a long time for me to get the wood planed down. I'm sure it could be the operators speed but I didn't get but half of what I wanted planed completed. True it beats the heck out of sanding your boards but it is time consuming.
5) Things that made planing easier were a sacrificial board with a rail for your router skis to ride against plus you can easily secure your work piece to it.... also an unclogged shop vac that starts when you power up your router and shuts off when you power down your router..... and also a 1 1'2' bottom cleaning bit makes for fewer passes.
Below are 3 pics.... the first Pic shows the thin tracks from the different passes, Pic #2 shows it smoothed out with a belt sander and pic#3 shows lighter tracks left usung down then up passes with one screw tightened on the base to the rod and starting the passes on the far left and ending on the far right.
[BďItís not a mistake, itís a design featureĒ][/B]