Making a Router Sled
Hi all, I imagine this topic has been discussed quite a bit as I've looked through various posts on this subject. Just trying to get my brain around what I want to do.
I want to dress timber mainly used for small box making. I can rip the timber firstly on my triton workcentre but as most realise the result is fair but not brilliant. It has helped since I mounted a stabilising bracket to my triton. The timber is then around 12 or 13mm thickness, and maybe 60 or 70 or 80mm wide.
I would like a thicknesser but I dont want to buy one. I don't really want to outlay the money for one, plus it would just take up more room in my very limited shed, and lastly I know the noise they make and I dont want my neighbours complaining. I guess I could also add that I would never need to dress timber up to 13 inches wide and around 6 inches thick.
Yesterday I made up a router sled which basically slides over the top of a piece of timber on my bench. I am using a 1hp Ryobi router but it only takes either a 8mm bit or a 1/4" bit. My two issues are that I cant find a planing bit that fits this size collet. And secondly I need to be able to secure/clamp the piece of timber to my bench, (as the sled slides over the top of it).
The idea worked pretty good actually just using a 19mm straight bit, which is the largest bit I have for this 1/4" router. I just need to get around these couple of issues,..
Any comments or suggestions,