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I am close to being finished with creating my first ski jig.

I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessairly needing to be guided by rails? So for example if I am flattening a board, I simply dial in my depth of cut and slide the skis "freehand" so to speak, across the workpeice? Is that how you guys typically do it?

Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself as opposed to keeping the jig in one position and sliding the router itself back and forth across the rails?

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I am close to being finished with creating my first ski jig.

I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessairly needing to be guided by rails? So for example if I am flattening a board, I simply dial in my depth of cut and slide the skis "freehand" so to speak, across the workpeice? Is that how you guys typically do it?

Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself as opposed to keeping the jig in one position and sliding the router itself back and forth across the rails?

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1. "I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessairly needing to be guided by rails?"

- Yes but some people like to use the "rail method" as well - like for cutrting grooves - the uprights are set so the ride against the workpiec, or workpiece holder.

2. "Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself ... "

- Yes but some people like to slide the router along the rails too (personally I don't). The main issue with sliding on rails is accuracy. The holes for the rods are not designed for rods to slide theough them.

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I am close to being finished with creating my first ski jig.

I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessairly needing to be guided by rails? So for example if I am flattening a board, I simply dial in my depth of cut and slide the skis "freehand" so to speak, across the workpeice? Is that how you guys typically do it?

Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself as opposed to keeping the jig in one position and sliding the router itself back and forth across the rails?

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Yes Tom, you slide the ski jig with the router firmly attached to the rails.

If you search for posts by Harrysin (our ski jig "subject matter expert"), you will gain so much information.

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I am close to being finished with creating my first ski jig.

I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessarily needing to be guided by rails? So for example if I am flattening a board, I simply dial in my depth of cut and slide the skis "freehand" so to speak, across the workpiece? Is that how you guys typically do it?

Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself as opposed to keeping the jig in one position and sliding the router itself back and forth across the rails?

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Personally I use my skis with the router stationary, and move the ski's. There are others that use both methods.

I feel with aluminum rails, like I used for my skis, the router could be slid along them and not lose any accuracy for planning. If you are going to cut a groove, say left to right, I would not attempt it with my skis as they as some front to back play.

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I still like the idea of moving the router to plane the stock as opposed to moving the complete jig because it just seems to me it would be more accurate. Of course I am nothing more than an amateur woodworker so maybe I know not what I think is best. I had planned on building a ski like Darrin's and outfit it to move the router to plane the stock but that is now a moot point because I am going to keep my Woodhaven planing jig. Even though it takes up a tremendous amount of shop space its accuracy is only paralleled by a standard planer. I just bought several beautifully figured maple boards that are rough sawed so the planer and the router are going to get a workout over the next few days. I thought I had it sold but the man backed out because he also thought it to large for his shop.

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I am close to being finished with creating my first ski jig.

I have one basic question. Is the idea with skis that they can be slid across the worktop without necessairly needing to be guided by rails? So for example if I am flattening a board, I simply dial in my depth of cut and slide the skis "freehand" so to speak, across the workpeice? Is that how you guys typically do it?

Also is the objective to slide the the ski jig itself as opposed to keeping the jig in one position and sliding the router itself back and forth across the rails?

Thanks
Tom
Spot on Tom, whilst this is my normal method, free to move in all directions, there are occasions when I screw a couple of rails to my sacrificial table top for operations like routing slots. Having said all this, there is no right or wrong way to use skis, whichever method one feels comfortable with is the right one.

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