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I recently signed on to the forum to research options for machining large slabs of walnut level for a table top. These slabs are 3" x 36" x 9' and do not fit though a planer. I have looked over some "router sled concepts" and have questions about making them from wood or metal. Is the router fixed to the bridge or does it slide inside the bridge which glides on the rails? What is the best bit to use? If anyone has plans for one of these sleds I would appreciate seeing them so I do not have to re-invent the "wheel". If not I may draft up a set of plans on Google skechup for comment. Thanks.

I live in the Vancouver BC area making my living from woodturning, and building rustic furniture. I have also worked for 33 years in the forest industry. I like shopping for router bits at MLCS. Its a great website with good service.
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Hi Murray

Welcome to the forum. There are ways of doing it with a router but quite frankly, for material of that size, it would take forever. Wouldn't you be better talking to one of your commercial friends and getting them to put it through a big commercial planer?

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Check out the video(s) below

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I recently signed on to the forum to research options for machining large slabs of walnut level for a table top. These slabs are 3" x 36" x 9' and do not fit though a planer. I have looked over some "router sled concepts" and have questions about making them from wood or metal. Is the router fixed to the bridge or does it slide inside the bridge which glides on the rails? What is the best bit to use? If anyone has plans for one of these sleds I would appreciate seeing them so I do not have to re-invent the "wheel". If not I may draft up a set of plans on Google skechup for comment. Thanks.

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I like the looks of the Woodhaven Planing Sled Bob pointed to.

Doing that large of a slab with a router would be quite time consuming, however. It might be faster to do it by hand with a trusty old #7 and a pair of winding sticks:

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks USA | No. 7 Jointer Plane

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Greetings Murray 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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Peter, I will be pursuing your idea of the large commercial planer. At least I will price it out as an option.
Bob, I knew that someone out there made that sled. thanks. I does look slow to do 25 square feet per table. That will be option two.
Ralf, I bought a portable power planer to do the bulk of the work but found the hand planing to be a little more exercise that I wanted. I do own a Stanley #8 buts it has dust on it. I was thinking of leaving the dust there but I may hone it up and see what results I get. option #3.

This forum is great for a ton of viable solutions that make sense , thanks.
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Here's an interesting take on the router sled.
YouTube - Large Log planing

You might also find this article useful.
Flattening Wide Boards - Techniques - American Woodworker
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That set-up Gav is a big improvement on the standard ski system but Murray, as a pro. earning a living in woodwork, I would have thought that your time spent on such a BIG job would equate to a lot more money than it would cost to have done commercially as suggested by Peter. Perhaps you could even do a contra deal, that way no actual money would be involved.

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Check this out Murry.
Makita 12 1/4" Power Planer
Bring the planer to the wood versus bringing the wood to the planer. This planer is perfect for dressing timber beams and wide stock.
This planer is stocked at Kms tools. I can't post the url as I don't have enough posts.Strange rule? Anyway it's under Woodworking- Log Home Tools

Kms Tools are in your neck of the woods
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In my former occupation as a forester we solved complex issues in a team environment with many technicians and professionals contributing to a joint solution. Now as a solo woodworker I miss that environment. This forum has recreated it on a global scale.

I have re-considered most of my original plans to address this surfacing issue and are continually getting well thought out direction. Thanks again.
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