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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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what is the main use for router ski's and how important are they in the wood shop ?
sorry if i'm being a bit thick but as far as I can see they route slots ? and I have other jigs which can do the same ?
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You could use them to route slots but they are good for planing/thicknessing wood if you don't have a planer.

For example I'm working on some cutting boards for Xmass. The wood isn't flat as I used different thicknesses of stock.

So am using my router, suspended above a board on the skiis, to shave off wood until it's a uniform thickness. This works very well.
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Sorry I don't have 10 posts yet so I can't edit my posts.

You set the router height, i.e. I have my plunge router base suspended on the threaded rod between the skiis, and then you move the skiis up and down the wood in the direction of the grain to remove a little wood with each pass. So I set the router depth for the first pass and then do the whole board, move it down a bit more, take another pass over the whole board, etc.
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what is the main use for router ski's and how important are they in the wood shop ?
sorry if i'm being a bit thick but as far as I can see they route slots ? and I have other jigs which can do the same ?
thanks guys
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Thanks chaps, I was just wondering what the big deal with them was, do they need to be rounded off at the top and fancy, or can they be squared off, like the top of the T upside down ?
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Thanks chaps, I was just wondering what the big deal with them was, do they need to be rounded off at the top and fancy, or can they be squared off, like the top of the T upside down ?
The ski ends can be any shape or size to suit individual needs. The one shown here was made for a critical one off job. I've often said that router skis will not be used every day, but many difficult jobs can be made really easy by their use. There are many tools in every shop/shed that are only used occasionally, many costing lots of money, whereas skis cost very little to make.
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I don't have a router yet, otherwise I'd just have a look at it, so I ask:
  • Do all routers have a base that accommodates those rods?
  • Is there a "standard" diameter for them?
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The ski ends can be any shape or size to suit individual needs. The one shown here was made for a critical one off job. I've often said that router skis will not be used every day, but many difficult jobs can be made really easy by their use. There are many tools in every shop/shed that are only used occasionally, many costing lots of money, whereas skis cost very little to make.
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That was not a but in post Bob, you supplied useful information relative to the question asked. (What on earth has Christmas done to me, I'm being so polite to you Bob!)

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