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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2017, 02:54:38 pm »
I'm getting ready to build a router sled. Instead of using a router I'm going
to use a shaper spindle with a 3-5 hp motor. Just another thought...
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2017, 10:32:40 pm »
I used a 3 1/2 hp porter cable varable speed fixed base a plunge would be better the cutter is 3" so I wanted the varable  speed to slow it down that's a big cutter to run in a router.
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2017, 11:38:03 pm »
I keep thinking the best way may be to build a jig or sled for a power hand planer. 
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2017, 07:40:12 am »
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2017, 12:46:25 pm »
I have never used a router planing sled, but I agree with Yellowhammer, a power hand planer would have to be faster than a router, probably leave a better finish as well.
Heck take it one step farther and mount a lunchbox planer head on the rails with the ability for it to slide back and forth and sideways.  Might be a liitle hard to control, I'm not sure.

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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2017, 07:54:10 pm »
I used one of the big mikita hand plainer I borrowed from a timberframer friend to flatten some big oak panels once .If I were going to try to go that route I would definitely use the commercial makita it's a well built tool.I keep looking at the wood wizz it's a awesome machine just don't think I could run it enough to justify the cost.


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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2017, 12:15:34 am »
I have never used a router planing sled, but I agree with Yellowhammer, a power hand planer would have to be faster than a router, probably leave a better finish as well.
Heck take it one step farther and mount a lunchbox planer head on the rails with the ability for it to slide back and forth and sideways.  Might be a liitle hard to control, I'm not sure.


Somebody on here mounted one to a mill frame once some time back. don't remember how long ago it was or who did it.
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2017, 11:14:35 am »
Baker has a router shed and table set up to mill slabs. I think it is a little pricey, but does a very nice job.
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2017, 03:58:06 pm »
Today I got a 3 1/2 hp plunge router off craigslist. Now to figure out do I want to built a router sled or go the woodhaven route. I see what Joey said about the woodhavens sled so that has me thinking more about building one. I need to be able to take it apart, where I would use it in my garage it would be in the way if I left it there all the time. There is a guy on youtube that goes by samurai carpenter that built one that looks like setting it up and taking it apart and storing it would not be a problem.
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2017, 08:45:49 am »
I saw the Wood Wizz at a woodworking show in Atlanta.  It is a machine imported from Australia.  It did a great job.  I think the cutter head was 6 or 8" and it had a sanding disc too.   I think it was $15k.  For $900 you can get a 6" cutter head to fit a Lucas mill.

 

 
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2017, 09:03:56 am »
For that kind of money, may as well get a CNC router setup and a sturdy table.   :-\
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Re: Tabletops
« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2017, 10:19:56 am »
I have done a quite a few table tops glued out of cedar. I run them thru the planer. Sand with 80 grit, then work my way down to fine grit. Wasn't a big deal. Then I did the same with mesquite. This was a big deal, had to sand a long time. Came out nice, just time consuming. Turn the exposed table top down on a flat surface when gluing.