When you live in an Apartment...Router Planer Jig

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When you live in an apartment and are in to woodworking, you are forced to adapt to limited space and tools. Since I don’t have room (or money) for a jointer or planer, I decided to make a simple router planer.

I took my router plate and drilled a few holes on the edge, found some scrap wood that was equal height and a few screws to secure them together. The holes in the wood are from a previous frame clamp jig and serve no other purpose except to make people wonder and ask questions about the holes!

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#1 posted 05-23-2009 02:08 AM

Cool Idea!!!

How thick is the Plexi?

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 02:15 AM

looks like it works good


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#3 posted 05-23-2009 02:18 AM

The plexi is 3/8”. I don’t have a real heavy router, so the plexi thickness works pretty good.

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#4 posted 05-23-2009 02:24 AM

great jig , i was just trying to explain this concept to someone here this morning .
mine uses 2 u boards one up clamped to table , stock double taped to it . , can be as long and wide as needs be for other stock thickness/width removal .
other one with router .
i made some flagpoles for a boat that looked turned on a lathe by curving the runners of bottom boards (sides)
and and turning suspended stock ( with dowels )and runing router along s curved rails .
this is a way to do simple turnings also ( like chair legs )
simply lower router bit to make easy cuts until desired thickness . and turn stock until all is round .
good woodworking jeff , enjoy

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#5 posted 05-23-2009 02:35 AM

Just a note about plexiglass…it’s really quite brittle…I tried making a plate to mount my Dewalt router on my Craftsman table saw….but found that plexiglass shattered easily at .250 thickness. I’ve ordered a piece of .250
thick polycarbonate at the suggestion of the K-mac Plastics…for the purpose I have in mind. I’ll let you know how it is. They said it wouldn’t break…ever….and is easily machined for the purpose I have for it…machined with a drill press, band saw and Dremel tool….my first try was successful with plexiglass….but I hit it the wrong way and it shattered into 5 pieces…plus there were tiny chips at the edges of drilled holes, etc. 3/8 might be better…I asked K-mac about ABS plastic…they said it would be stronger but still might shatter…they’re suggestion of .250 polycarbonate will probably be the best. A bit spendy…considering their minimum purchases…but I’ll have a couple of extra pieces for other projects.

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#6 posted 05-23-2009 03:55 AM

You may find that .250 isn’t thick enough.I used .3875 plycarbonate and it even flexes making for som interesting results when trying to run stiles.Like the idea for the planer though!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#7 posted 05-23-2009 06:06 AM

Interesting idea… I have that exact same router… may “borrow” your idea! :)

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 06:35 AM

Very nice and practical jig when space is a factor!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 05-23-2009 07:16 AM

Thanks for posting. I have room for a planer but don’t have one. I’m working on some elm that this tip will come in handy for.

-- Gary D.

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#10 posted 05-23-2009 02:05 PM

No real problems yet with the plexi. I do either hand tighten or put my drill clutch on low to ensure that the screws don’t crack the plexi.

The nice thing I like about this jig compared to others I saw online is that its relatively simple to adapt the jig to thicker or thinner wood. For thicker wood, just attach to some 2×4’s or other size depending on the wood thickness your working with.

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#11 posted 05-23-2009 03:43 PM

Even those of us not in apartments have used this technique from time-to-time. It’s great for surfacing end grain, like on the ubiquitous cutting board projects.

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#12 posted 05-23-2009 04:03 PM

Another good looking jig. Whatever it takes to get the job done.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 08-29-2009 05:37 PM

Just Great :)

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 01:26 AM

with the same limitations, I did something like this and it works great as a thicker planer

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