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Has anyone made a jig to smooth the top of a cutting board with a router? Can it be done with a router table? I have one I am working on and I need to level the top of it. I thought about my router table but I can see a problem using it. I would think after you have leveled about half of it witht he table router you would have to put a shim in to keep the same height. I am looking for suggestions. Thanks.
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I guess you could do it with skis. I use a wide drum sander.
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Thanks for the information. That is what I was thinking about. I could easily make my own stand to do it. I like the one where he is pushing a router over a large table.
The Drum sander would clog with the oil and wax that is on the board. Thanks
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I have used a belt sander very successfully.

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Thanks for the information. That is what I was thinking about. I could easily make my own stand to do it. I like the one where he is pushing a router over a large table.
The Drum sander would clog with the oil and wax that is on the board. Thanks

duh, you didn't say they were used cutting boards....
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Has anyone made a jig to smooth the top of a cutting board with a router? Can it be done with a router table? I have one I am working on and I need to level the top of it. I thought about my router table but I can see a problem using it. I would think after you have leveled about half of it witht he table router you would have to put a shim in to keep the same height. I am looking for suggestions. Thanks.
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Here is a link to a thread that shows many different styles of skis that could be used to smooth the top of a cutting board.. You could build a set of these, and use them for other things, unlike the sled from Woodhaven, that seems to only have a single purpose.

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...our-skiis.html

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I thnk the Woodhaven jig is a step or two above the ski jig,it looks like it can do all the same jobs without any sag of the router.
I'm making a fixture like it just to check it out..

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Here is a link to a thread that shows many different styles of skis that could be used to smooth the top of a cutting board.. You could build a set of these, and use them for other things, unlike the sled from Woodhaven, that seems to only have a single purpose.

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...our-skiis.html

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I'm going to invest in some card scrapers this spring and try them out. It seems to me that they would excel at a job like this.

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I thnk the Woodhaven jig is a step or two above the ski jig,it looks like it can do all the same jobs without any sag of the router.
I'm making a fixture like it just to check it out..

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BJ... I have the 39" Woodhaven jig and you're exactly right. There's nothing wild about it; if you want any close-up pics just PM me. I bought it because I wanted to flatten my prototype benchtop and didn't have the time to make one. Its just based on 80/20-type stock. It does what it does very well and their arbor w/1-3/8" replacable cutter cuts bottoms really smooth. For my uses it'll serve just fine as a wide planer.

I'm planning on taking pictures of my final bench build but this is where I use construction-grade (knotty) lumber and make my mistakes. It'll also give me a bench to use in building my bench since I currently have none.

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