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New to this forum and pretty much to routers although have played about with a small bosch a bit. I have joined as I have come into possession of some elm slabs, about 9 of them ranging in size including some large burrs. I want to make a couple of tables for myself and then some trinkets to sell from the offcuts in an effort to recoup something.

I have, on the advice of my father acquired a Triton TRA001 big router to flatten some of my slabs and I imagine there will be questions that need to be asked as I go along. I hope that some of you here will be gracious enough to guide me through some of my rookie errors.

Thankyou kindly

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@botanical - Bo, if you want gracious guidance you've come to the right place. You might even get some satirical guidance just for good measure but it will be all in fun.

Welcome aboard - I'm sure @Stick486 will be along shortly to offer you some good reading.

As you get started on your journey, feel free to post pictures of your progress. You won't be able to post links to the web until you've reached 10 posts, but you can certainly post pictures located on your computer or other device that you use.

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I'm British so I can take satire, bring it on, and I'll post some pictures. Thank you for your welcome.
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Welcome, Bo. Got two jobs for ya. Job one: make a good sled. Job two: get A decently sized surface planing bit. The rest is a piece of cake.
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Hi ,
New to this forum and pretty much to routers although have played about with a small bosch a bit. I have joined as I have come into possession of some elm slabs, about 9 of them ranging in size including some large burrs. I want to make a couple of tables for myself and then some trinkets to sell from the offcuts in an effort to recoup something.

I have, on the advice of my father acquired a Triton TRA001 big router to flatten some of my slabs and I imagine there will be questions that need to be asked as I go along. I hope that some of you here will be gracious enough to guide me through some of my rookie errors.

Thank you kindly

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There are PDF's here on maintenance, methods, jigs, tooling, accessories, aides, set up, and so much more...

PLEASE take the time to read them.. Your health, welfare and safety matter...
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Welcome to the forum Bo

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Hey, Bo; welcome!

There's lots of past threads, pictures etc. here on making and using both a sled and 'skis'.. Different approaches to the same basic concept.
Also, YouTube on the same topic.
Check HarrySin's threads, pics etc. on how to make a router ski.
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Glad you joined the fun. Be sure to post some pictures of your wood find. The TRA001 is a terrific machine, lots of power. To flatten stuff with a router generally requires a router sled, which holds the router mounted on two steel rods, secured to two end pieces. You're going to use a fairly large bit that leaves a flat surface. That would be to work the stock down to the thickness you want to work with. Here's a picture of a router sled. I think I'd probably apply some friction-free tape on the aluminum to make it slide easier.

On twisted or irregular pieces, you will sometimes be propping up low corners with the stock on a carrier. That is also a method for turning a planer into an upside-down jointer. Don't try to take very much wood off on any one pass. An eighth of an inch is ample
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Welcome to the forum, Bo. You can never go wrong listening to Stick. Read his material it will be well worth your time.
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BTW, NOT asking for input is idiotic.
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