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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a very happy camper! Bought my first router and a bottom cleaning straight bit. Built a jig for thickness planing planks based on the jig design in Shop Notes issue 21 and it works like a dream. Price +- $45 for second hand router $21 for the bit and +- $35 for the wood used to make the jig. A whole lot better than the $800 minimum for a thickness planer.I'm truly exstatic
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Sounds like you are on your way to some great projects. ( great job on saving that money)
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Much as I admire your initiative, Richard, not to mention your thriftyness, your router/planer doesn't really replace a decent stand-alone planer.
In the time it'll take to do the job with a router, a planer would do a stack of planks...both sides. They're basically scaled down production machines.
The other factor is the durability of your bit. It's going to need resharpening long before a planer blade set will. Where your setup will shine is in surfacing glued up panels, which obviously can't be put through a 12" planer.
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I just received a planer,(a gift). Otherwise I would be using my router to plane my boards.
I still have to use my router ski setup. It was All I could afford. Double sided tape on a
Plexiglas topped platform. It works very well, still does. My point is, everything has a reason and a place. Use your tools and setup well. It will open up many creative doors for
You. And please post pictures.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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lol no camera link to pc sorry guys but i got through a good few planks this weekend next weekend i should have enough for my next project so start in October 2 bedside stands with storage the plan is to do a full bedroom set by the end of next year the stands, headboard, chest of drawers, dressing table for the missus and a linen chest for the end of my bed. Plans drawn and im using old pallets. Very happy with the outcome of flatting and planing so far.
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