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Forum topic by docbarb posted 05-17-2019 10:32 PM 445 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2019 10:32 PM

I am going to build a “river table”
Everything I see online shows a router sled to flatten the slab.
It seems to me a hand held electric planer could be customized to a sled and do the job MUCH faster.
What am I missing?

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#1 posted 05-17-2019 10:38 PM

More people have routers than have electric hand held planes.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 10:54 PM

For $200 a tool will plane 3 times the width.
If I have an 8’ slab I would prefer to not work it 1 1/2” at a time.
Plus I see HUNDREDS of router sled plans online but not one planer sled which makes me wonder if the is something functionally problematic that I am missing.

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 11:03 PM

The depth of cut with an electric plane will be much less. Mine doesn’t like to go deeper than about 1/8”. So, the width advantage disappears. You can remove more volume in an equal amount of time with the router.

Still, if you want to build a planer sled, no reason not to. It’ll definitely get the job done.

Of course, if speed is really an issue, you can’t go wrong with this guy:

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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