"Mini-Me" version of my other router planer sled

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Project by TZH posted 12-07-2009 04:05 AM 43928 views 61 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Awhile ago I posted pictures of a router planer sled I made for planing logs for mantels and wine racks and received lots of positive feedback along with a few questions. Thanks to everyone. I’m posting this project to show how the sled and rails I made can be modified for any size and configuration (a “mini-me” version of the bigger one I posted earlier). This one virtually eliminates the possibility of bowing (one of the questions I received) and reduces back strain from reaching (the other question I received) because it is much smaller than the one I use for planing sides of a mantle. It uses the same principles as the larger one, but is much easier to break down for storage as it fits right on my Workmate and can be moved around the shop pretty much at ease. The last photo is of the very earliest version where I mounted the router to a piece of plexiglass which went away very fast because the amount of control I wanted, and needed, just wasn’t there (the ends of the sled fell off the rails way too easily). If you have any other questions, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll try to answer them.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 04:42 AM

Both planers are very nice ideas. I will have to make one or two. I assume this one is vertically adjusted the same as your larger one? How do you hold the wood to the table that you are planing? Friction and weight?


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#2 posted 12-07-2009 05:07 AM

Yes, this one is also vertically adjusted using stop collars. I hold the wood in place using an anti-skid pad normally used for carpeting on a wood or tile floor. You can buy this material at any hardware store that carries flooring. The weight of most of my pieces helps keep it in place, as well. Hope that helps.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 06:42 PM

Great job very nice Jig ,super Idea.


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#4 posted 12-07-2009 06:53 PM

I’ve seen a couple variations of this idea. This is a good one too.

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

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 07:54 PM

Great and rather simple solution to what can be a difficult problem

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 09:10 PM

This is great and much more the size for my needs …Thank you very much !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-08-2009 01:10 AM

i need one of these planers. What is a stop collar? I was a local wood and antler artist shop last week and he had built one that adjusted using peg holes in 2bys and would adjust up to about 4FT. tall. Ilike this design. Thanks

-- Lance, southwest Missouri, [email protected]

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 03:19 AM

If you go to my previous post for a much larger router planer sled, you’ll see a photo of a stop collar ( Basically, it’s a metal ring with a set screw to hold it in place at whatever height you set it at. Depending on the diameter of the piping you use, you may need to special order the stop collar (I did) because most hardware stores don’t stock the size needed. Hope this helps.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 06:58 PM

practical – I like…

-- Shadley - Cape Town, South Africa

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#10 posted 10-16-2020 04:23 PM

Unfortunately the link to your larger router planer sled no longer works. For this smaller unit what are you using as the stop around the pipe under the rails?

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#11 posted 10-17-2020 12:28 AM

Sorry, I know about the photos. The originals were from Photobucket, and when they went pricey, I discontinued posting there. The stop you’re asking about is a stop collar. They can be purchased at Amazon here if you’re using the one inch pipes:

I will be posting a revised tweak to my larger router planer sled in the not too distant future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in a bigger setup, I offer this photo of my current setup:

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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