Flattening Boards with a Router Sled

Flattening Boards with a Router Sled

If you don’t have a jointer or a planer or you need to flatten something large or difficult to flatten, a building a simple sled for your router is a great solution.

The router bit I am using: http://amzn.to/1tswZzd [Affiliate link]

  • Dan Coffey
    Posted at 12:54h, 20 August Reply

    thankyou….. I’ll be making one tonight

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    Posted at 00:34h, 27 January Reply

    […] a pallet table we just finished on Christmas Eve that I used your router idea for.” […]

  • Arnold Koster
    Posted at 19:43h, 09 June Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Looks good. One question though; do you need a level floor or underground for the jig to rest on? I want to flatten a slab that’s 120″ x 55″. Do I need to place the jig with the slab on it on a level floor or underground like a sheet of ply?

    Kind Regards,

    Arnold Koster (The Netherlands).

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 17:33h, 14 June Reply

      Yes, the flattness of the finished slab will be correlated to the flatness of the foundation. Bowing or curvature of the floor might not be too impactful but check your setup for any twist. Thanks!

  • Allen Brooks
    Posted at 13:33h, 09 February Reply

    Why are the sides of the sled so tall?

    • Matt Cremona
      Posted at 23:21h, 10 February Reply

      The sides provide the beam strength. You don’t want the sled to sag under the weight of the router or due to any downward pressure you apply to the router as you are moving it back and forth.

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