Skiis for planing wide surfaces
I've been planning on building some router skiis for some time. This weekend I've been working on a prototype for a cherry bench with tapers (picture 2 from October 2009 FWW), M+T's, 1-3/4" finished thicknesses, etc. so I'm making the prototype out of 2x10's. I'd run some 2x10's through my planer and table saw to get them flat and square but when I glued four of them together (2 thick x 2 wide) there was a little bit of warping (no surprise, since it was construction-grade (wet) lumber. Lacking a jointer plane or a 20" power planer, I started out flattening them with my belt sander, with mixed results. Then I built a set of skiis for my 3hp plunge router, installed a 1" bit and used it to flatten the slabs. It worked great! Now the sanding will be needed just to remove roughness.
I've attached some pictures.
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