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Offline fignewton

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Router sled for planing wide boards
« on: May 31, 2018, 08:54 AM »
Building a desk top and table top for my sister's store using ash.  Got some beautifully figured boards, but of course they're too wide for my 5 1/2 inch jointer.  So, after researching U-Tube, decided to build a sled for the OF1400.  I already had the Infinity Mega Dado and Planer bit Infinity dado planer router bit which is fantastic.  Checked my 4x8 assembly table-- dead flat.  Used a piece of 13-ply birch ply, also flat, for the base, and some other ply for the sides and ends.  Made it oversize in case I want to use another router with it, then laid a strip on the inside to locate the OF1400 perfectly.   Several coats of wax on the base so the router slides easily.  Had to notch one end so that the front handle of the router can protrude beyond the sled.  Placing the sled on a sacrificial backer, I cut the groove with multiple small passes of the router bit so it's exact size.  One pic below shows the setup as configured. Joined and planed some 8 ft fir 2x4s I had for legs for the sled to run on down the length of the board.  After shimming my boards so they were stable, went to work with light passes starting at the lowest corner.  This worked pretty darn well, and then I was able to run them through my DW735 planer to get the tops flat, then flipped them on multiple passes to dimension to same size.  Will use the TS55 and table saw to get them ready for glue-up, and then domino them too.
TS55, MFT3+, OF1400, C12, CT-26, LR-32 system, Domino 500, RO125, MFK 700, Carvex w/ accsy, Sys-roll,  CXS, Kapex, UG with extensions, RO90

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Offline Gregor

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2018, 05:54 PM »
Nice build. I was lazy and bought mine in the form of a MFS-FS.


Offline Cheese

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2018, 10:26 PM »
Nice build. I was lazy and bought mine in the form of a MFS-FS.

Same here...I haven't used it yet but it's inevitable.  [big grin]

Offline jarbroen

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 05:01 PM »
Thanks for sharing your setup.  Looks like a really good way to go.  I've been thinking about that Mega planing bit... I should probably just order it.  How does the 1400 handle it?  I'm guessing you take really light passes?

I also saw that MFS-FS, but I'm wondering why you couldn't just use the MFS with a bushing plate.  I suppose I'll have to give it a try that way since I have the Woodpeckers version of the MFS.

I have a 8' slab of purty maple that needs some serious flattening.  It's 20" or more wide so way too big for my lunch box planer.

Offline fignewton

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 09:28 PM »
no problems at all wu=ith the 1400,  I prob took between 1/16 to 1/8 off each pass.  The bit cuts so clean!  it’s great for making rabbets too.
TS55, MFT3+, OF1400, C12, CT-26, LR-32 system, Domino 500, RO125, MFK 700, Carvex w/ accsy, Sys-roll,  CXS, Kapex, UG with extensions, RO90

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2018, 08:02 AM »
I built my router sled a few years ago super-heavy-duty to accommodate my OF 2200.  I use the Amana 45453 bit, but the Whiteside 6220 is another excellent choice for the purpose.
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Offline rst

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2018, 10:40 AM »
280337-0I used 8020 15 series extrusions for the side rails to make my jointing sled. 
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« Last Edit: June 02, 2018, 10:46 AM by rst »

Offline Gregor

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 05:02 AM »
I also saw that MFS-FS, but I'm wondering why you couldn't just use the MFS with a bushing plate.  I suppose I'll have to give it a try that way since I have the Woodpeckers version of the MFS.
You can, the MFS-FS is needed in case you use the MFS to make a wider area recess (keeps the OF at the same height over the whole process while the MFS stays in place to set the dimensions) and helpful when making a cutout while being unable to support the center waste piece (as it prevents the OF from tipping when that part drops at the end, the plastic support that goes into the copy ring can't help you with this).

As I have this kind of applications the extra use as a planing sled came as a bonus.

I used 8020 15 series extrusions for the side rails to make my jointing sled.
Nice solution with the POM gliders.

Offline rst

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2018, 12:46 PM »
When I made my jig I did not have the FS sled, so I set the MFS for the guide to slide through, have since bought the FS but have not used it or adapted it for use with the 8020.  One thing lacking in the FS is some sort of stop but I have Magswitch 400 and 600s that I use on my tablesaw that will work for limiting the cross cut of the router.

Offline ear3

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2018, 09:39 PM »
@rst Nice! What are those brackets that connect the most to the extrusions,  and how is the slide action?

(Attachment Link) I used 8020 15 series extrusions for the side rails to make my jointing sled. 
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Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • ETS 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2018, 06:51 AM »
Nice work and lovely wood @fignewton

I did something similar to flatten a small part of the underside of a rustic Gothic bench. I only needed a flat area on the underside for the legs and the cross brace.

I produced a 3 part series about the bench construction but the part that I am referring to is from 5 minutes 30 seconds in this video:



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Offline rst

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Re: Router sled for planing wide boards
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2018, 07:14 AM »
Ear, the guides are 8' -8020 1530 series extrusions, the slides are 8020 bi-fold UHMW extrusions with aluminum angle, and the MFS is just clipped to the angles.