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Just signed up for this forum. I was looking for ideas on a planing sled.

I have a table top that is too wide for my thickness planer. I did plane all of the pieces before glue up, but they still didnt end up too flat. I was hoping I could get this flat with a belt sander, but not much luck with that either. I am not good at all with a hand plane, so I thought I would build a planing sled for my trim router.

I am trying to improvise a "sled". I made a larger base for my trim router and bought a couple of pieces of channel iron for the rails the router will ride on.

I'll let you know how this goes. If it works great. I'll send pics. If not, it's probably destined for the trash.

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" Where can I see the "Router Workshop" show?"

You can see it for free on your computer right here.
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Just signed up for this forum. I was looking for ideas on a planing sled.

I have a table top that is too wide for my thickness planer. I did plane all of the pieces before glue up, but they still didnt end up too flat. I was hoping I could get this flat with a belt sander, but not much luck with that either. I am not good at all with a hand plane, so I thought I would build a planing sled for my trim router.

I am trying to improvise a "sled". I made a larger base for my trim router and bought a couple of pieces of channel iron for the rails the router will ride on.

I'll let you know how this goes. If it works great. I'll send pics. If not, it's probably destined for the trash.

Don

P.S. Where can I see the "Router Workshop" show?


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Greetings Don and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us, and remember to have fun, build well and above all be safe.

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Don,
Before you send that table to to the fireplace consider that often "smooth" is better than "flat".
If all the boards were planned, presumably to the same thickness prior to glue-up, then either they weren't jointed flat prior to planning or the clamping arrangement didn't force alignment. Biscuits or splines can help with alignment.
If a belt sander doesn't make "smooth" then there's a lot of material to be made into dust.
If you do go ahead with a router sled,and that could be a big deal depending on the width of the table top, try using a bowl shaping bit rather than a boring type bit.
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Don,
I hit the post key too quickly. Search this forum for "sleds". There are loads of them, well designed and made. Most are for full sized routers but you can adapt the concepts for your trim router. The bowl shapng bit is still the key to a smooth, maybe still not flat top. Good luck!
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