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I used the router and skis for the first time today to plane the boards for my Lazy Susan (in progress).

As I tried to video the efforts, I decided to post this short video on Youtube.

As you can see, I tried two methods.
1. sliding the router on the rods.
2. using the cheeks to guide the router.

Thanks very much to Harry for gifting the skis....

Using router skis demo1 - YouTube

Now, I wonder if I can buy another router to leave on the skis........ROTFL...

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Thanks James for the "demo",
Is there a pattern on the Router Forum for the "Skies", please, thank you.
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Thanks for the demo. Now i can make a new usefull toy for my shop. Gary/Florida
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Thanks James--did you find any difference in results using the sliding versus cheeks method? The "cheeky method" looked like you had more control, but was it as good for the wood?

I sourced some ash recently that is beautiful, but the rough saw is horrible so i was going to build a set of skis to get it prepped for the planer. Seeing your video, i'm thinking that i might just be able to thickness it with the router as well.

Also--i'm thinking that i may do 2 or 3 lengths of rods. (and maybe a separate router to dedicate to each set of rods?? i like the way you think!!)

Thanks again.
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Thanks James for the "demo",
Is there a pattern on the Router Forum for the "Skies", please, thank you.
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Hi Peter,

If you check the top of the home page, there is a tab for some router forum videos.

Harry has done a slideshow with audio on making my set of skis.

Here it is on Youtube:
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Thanks James--did you find any difference in results using the sliding versus cheeks method? The "cheeky method" looked like you had more control, but was it as good for the wood?

I sourced some ash recently that is beautiful, but the rough saw is horrible so i was going to build a set of skis to get it prepped for the planer. Seeing your video, i'm thinking that i might just be able to thickness it with the router as well.

Also--i'm thinking that i may do 2 or 3 lengths of rods. (and maybe a separate router to dedicate to each set of rods?? i like the way you think!!)

Thanks again.
Hi Earl, the cheek method is preferred by my mentor (???) and does give more control.

On my first attempt to plane my lazy susan, the rods were too short to use the cheek method.

I just tried the first method to see how it went.


Check out the video from Harry as mentioned to Peter.

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sorry, maybe i missed it somewhere, but could you please describe what you mean by the "cheek" method?

Is that the first way you were using it in the video where you kept the skis stationary and slid the router back and forth on the bars?
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Hi Earl, the cheek method is preferred by my mentor (???) and does give more control.

On my first attempt to plane my lazy susan, the rods were too short to use the cheek method.

I just tried the first method to see how it went.


Check out the video from Harry as mentioned to Peter.
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This is a nice idea..the 'cheeky' method is the second one I think, it'd be good for roughing down an uneven board (or even twisted perhaps..?) to an approximate size before finishing off with a plane.

Maybe you might find it better mounting the workpiece on a 4x8 melamine faced board perhaps, the cheeks would slide more easily; it seems a little sticky/bumpy.. but it certainly is a nice idea, thanks Harry and James for the inspiration...

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Jim, using router ski's is like milling the wood, the surface usually does not require any further actions.

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