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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I just joined the group. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice on an issue. I need to flatten a chopping block (end grain) and I was thinking about using my router. One thought I had was to put it on top of a piece of acrylic large enough to run on two pieces of wood on either side of the chopping block. Is acrylic the right stuff to use and how thick would you recommend if it has to be a couple feet wide so there is no give. I have a trim router, a Porter Cable and a Festool 1400 to do the job. What router bit would you suggest. If someone has a better idea, other than to start over and make sure I glued it up correctly, I'm all ears! Thanks!
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Hi Robert.

Welcome to the router forum.

A piece of acrylic would work as a base for your 'skis'. It would not need to be any thicker than 1/4" as it would rest on a work bench or table saw surface.

Any slick material such as melamine would do. Maybe the melamine would be more slippery than the acrylic?

I would use the largest router you have and use a large cutter > 1".

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Build a U shaped trough with a slot down the middle for the router bit to run in. Run the trough across the wood pieces you described and run the router back and forth in the slot as you do that.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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A good hand plane could make short work out of it.
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