Hi All - I'm new to this forum but a member of Woodnet Forums
for 8 yrs, so not a 'new' woodworker, but one that has been retired for a year and wanting to do more w/ wood and as easily & efficiently as possible.
Glued-up panels - just a pain for me to flatten!
(like the smileys here, BTW).
What are my current options: 1) Jointer (Yorkcraft 6"); 2) Makita 12" thickness planer; 3) Belt sanders (several of various sizes); and 4) Planes up to a jointer size (not very good but improving in this area). Thus, I can 'flatten' my glue-ups but takes TIME!
SO (and I did a search to try to find an answer to my question), what are the options for a versatile router jig to handle this issue; and what might be the best router bit to achieve this purpose? I own a number of routers that can handle 1/2" bits.
SORRY, if my search did not 'turn up' an obvious answer, but still interested in YET another option to flattening these panels; plan to start making MORE! Thanks - Dave
If I'm planing a wide surface, then I use the method Chris posted in the second video he linked to. Lots of members here use what is called a router ski... It's basically the same thing. (I built one...)
Both methods work. It's slow and tedious. If I had to do that to every glue-up panel I made, well time is money and I'd be losing money. So isn't the real question on how to glueup panels to where all you have to do is scrape off some glue and sand?
If so, we just had a recent thread on glue-edges that has a lot of those answers. Yes, it boils down to prep work and your work flow. Check board thickness. If different, plane. Match the grain and color in your pieces. Set the finished side, order and orientation. Get your glue-edge between adjacent pieces. Glue and set on kauls, Clamp and tighten/clamp kauls. Wipe excess glue. Tap all pieces towards the finished side and that kaul side, to line up the finished side of the joint. Let dry. Scrape off any excess glue. Sand.
So my glue-ups end up with very little sanding to do on the finished side, with a little more to do on the unfinished side. All my glue-edge tooling is from the finish side. All my tooling is referenced from the finished side. The finished side is the most visual.
If your having to plane every glue-up... you're doing a lot of work & you're putting a lot of wear on your tools. This is a hobby(?) It sounds like you are making it harder that it should be.
Now- When I get a piece of oversized rough sawn with some to die for grain, yes I spent my time planing it and feel it's time well spent.