Sliding the router along the rods is NOT the way to go. Operating the router by it's own handles will vary slightly the depth of cut due to changes in applied pressure. The idea of the skis is to operate them from the end cheeks which not only gives an accurate depth of cut but gives great mechanical advantage, in other words very accurate control of the router.
When I became a member over three years ago, T.T. was attempting to promote the skis, albeit unsuccessfully due to abysmal communication skills. To my knowledge, only one member had seen the potential and made some very successful projects. I took over from T.T. and patiently chipped away using photo shoots and gradually many members started to experiment including the well respected member who had been 100% against skis, I refer to non other than BJ! Once he tried them, he was hooked and made his own versions which I consider brilliant for slots and dados but but little else!
For the full benefit of a ski set-up, I consider that they should not be locked to a board where they can only move forward and back, for this purpose I have shown many projects where two rails are quickly screwed to the sacrificial bench to suit the specific requirement. Finally, as I've said many times, skis are not the be all for routing, simply an extra tool, used occasionally to solve unusual or difficult problems as in my thread of the $3.00 router table.
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Last edited by harrysin; 04-02-2010 at 11:25 AM.