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I'm rebuilding my ski table. Would welcome comments on what you're using that might help me improve mine.

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Ron - I've seen several different "contraptions" that people refer to as "skis". Here's a general recommendation (kind of a "one size fits all") that I am going to recommend - this works on virtually anything. Take a photo of what you have, make a sketch of it and make a list of likes and dislikes. Make a wish list of how you would like to have it function differently and do your homework on other comparative models (homemades are perfect) to determine how situations YOU NEED TO DO can best be approached. You may need your version to be taller or lower, longer or shorter, wider or narrower, etc. You may imagine any tool-holders you need built-in, or better electrical connections to be facilitated, or maybe your lighting should improve. THINK SAFETY FIRST and you are certain to better enjoy your revision! Have fun doing it, also. OPG3
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Ron - I've seen several different "contraptions" that people refer to as "skis". Here's a general recommendation (kind of a "one size fits all") that I am going to recommend - this works on virtually anything. Take a photo of what you have, make a sketch of it and make a list of likes and dislikes. Make a wish list of how you would like to have it function differently and do your homework on other comparative models (homemades are perfect) to determine how situations YOU NEED TO DO can best be approached. You may need your version to be taller or lower, longer or shorter, wider or narrower, etc. You may imagine any tool-holders you need built-in, or better electrical connections to be facilitated, or maybe your lighting should improve. THINK SAFETY FIRST and you are certain to better enjoy your revision! Have fun doing it, also. OPG3
Hi Otis:

Thanks for the reply and the method. I've now done it and reviewed my design. However, I'm still looking to see how others' use their skis.

You see, I've done some experimentation with skis and discovered that I can do some functions similar to pivot frames with skis. But, before I complete my ski table, I wanted to see if other people had better ideas than mine.

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Ron,

Check out the post by Harrysin... you do not need a dedicated table to produce great results with skis...AS long as the table is flat and the cheeks don't fall of the edge.....

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Any flat smooth surface will work if it's large enough. I use my workbench most of the time, but it's only about 20" front to back. When I need to move over a greater area I just add a piece of plywood to the top of the bench. Whenever preparing to use skis on a project it's best to do a rehearsal, moving the router and skis over the entire planned path to be sure that you won't have any surprises when you do the cut and the router is running. When you do this rehearsal it's easy to see if your ski will need more table to ride on, or if you will run into something that should be moved out of the way before starting.

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What the heck are ski's ? Not the snow kind I hope ?
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Hi Gary

It's just a router table upside down you could say it's just a way to support the weight of the router just like a router table.

You don't need a flat table top or a big work bench to use it, you can use a flat board (cam board) or a holding box for your blank stock, you can also use your router table top, it's always flat the norm..just put blocks on the back side of your flat board or holding box and drop it into the hole in your router table for your router plate..


If you put rollers /wheels on the ends of your support rods (beams) you can use it anywhere in the shop or outside of the shop ( job site )

It can also be used as a great cir. jig,see video below
Trend Pivot Frame Jig - YouTube

Amazon.com: Trend PFJ/SET/1 Pivot Frame Jig Set: Home Improvement

It can also be used to make rosettes with just a plunge router bit no need to pay for the high price of the rosette cutters any more.
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Plunge bits and yes you can use a 1/4" plunge router to do it,easy.
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If you make your holding box just the right size you can drop your Milescraft plate right into it (one jig for many jobs)

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The best ski jig I have seen is the one Dave (Dr Zook) came up with see below,, note the big boy router in place, it will knock down any hill..


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I have a big piece of MDF that I put on top of my table saw and clamp it to the table with spring clamps. This provides a nice flat and smooth surface that the skis can slide across easily - i.e. the miter slots in the table would make for a skiing accident if I just used the table itself.

I use rubber drawer liner underneath the piece to hold it while I'm routing. Dust can build up in the liner when you move the piece you're working on around. So I just beat it once or twice against the table to get the dust out of it and go back to work.

The tables like bobj3's are something I'd build if I were using my skiis a lot - I can see advantages to that approach.
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Thanks to John & BJ for the info on the Ski's. I was aware of some of the techniques but hadn't heard the ski reference. Learn something new each day. I'm venturing into building a CNC router which is also new to me. Understand CNC, just never tried to build one.

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