hello everyone I'm Colin canet today I'm going to make a planing jig for my router and if you're new here today I invite you to subscribe click the notification bell and let's get busy making this Jake now to speed things up a little bit for us I've gone ahead and I've made some of the parts and these are pretty simple parts that don't take a lot of instruction but I'm going to tell you what I did now first of all the the jig consists of two parts it consists of a rail system and it consists of a carriage that rides on top of that and the rails are pretty simple they're just some plywood that I cut up and you can see that they have some inside they have an inside area some wood on the inside here and some wood on the outside and that I've made it so that the smaller pieces are on the inside and the reason for that is so that that can grip the wood on the inside the outside wood is so that I can clamp that if I want to a table or some other workbench so that I can keep it from moving around now all I did was cut some plywood and and basically just glued it together and when all the pieces were glued and tacked together I ran these top two pieces this one in this one through the jointer so I got them nice and straight and flat and then I ran the whole thing through my table saw and got a nice even cut that way so now they're parallel they're exactly the same and they're set aside because now I'm going to concentrate on the carriage now that you've had the overview of the rails now we're going to concentrate on the carriage and basically the carriage is four pieces of wood with some plastic as a base and I need to cut a hole in it too for the router to fit and I also need to drill holes for the router base now sometimes when you do these things you get lucky and I barely got lucky on this because I need to measure the width between these two boards so that the plastic can go underneath and as it turns out the piece of plastic that I bought that I thought was going to be too wide and I was going to to trim down it's only barely it really isn't too wide it's actually just about perfect as it turns out I could trim it a little bit there's about an inch on each side but not going to make any kind of a difference so what I'm going to do now is take the base plate off my router and start finding the center of the plastic and we'll drill a hole and we'll fasten the router to that so the first thing I'm going to do there's the holes that I need to replicate all of these holes and I have a punch that fits just snugly in there and I'm just going to use it and mark each hole and now that each hole is marked I'm going to drill a pilot hole now I can flip it over and I have a mark because now I have to drill these recesses here so I'm going to do all of those now now I can drill out those holes now before I move on I wanted to make sure that the plate fit and I haven't tightened it because I need to take it off here but all of the screws line up and that sits on there fine okay so now I'm going to unscrew it and we're going to fasten it to the wood that will be the body of the carriage one last thing I had to do before I start working on the carriage was to drill the hole in the center and I happen to have a hole saw the right size normally I would have drilled a small hole and used a very fine blade in my jigsaw but this happened to do the job so let's get started on the carriage now so what I have here is the base and I've just marked all of these lines on here so that I know where to put my countersink holes because now the next thing I need to do is drill holes all the way along here and countersink them because the router will fit on this side of this plate as I'll need to attach it with screws and they'll need to be counter safe deep in so that they'll ride nicely on the rails now I need to put some crossmembers in here and I've got some nice thick fur here that I'm going to use but I need to measure the inside because this is a custom measurement in here so I'm just putting these two sticks together right down at the bottom and I'll clamp those and then measure them and that will give me my distance okay now the last thing I need to do is drill a couple of holes pilot holes through here and I'm going to put these big flat headed washer screws in there and that'll drive that nice and tight now because this jig is going to be handled a lot I'm gonna have my hands sort of all over this area here I'm going to go over the entire jig with a round over bit so that I don't get any slivers or dab myself with something so I'm going to do that well I've got the jig all finished now but before I flip it back on to its front Worth's going to sit I wanted you have a quick look at the bit that I'm using before I plug it in and that's a two and a half inch planing bit as you can see it's never been used so I'm going to bring in a piece of wood now and we're gonna do some planing so here's the wood that I'm going to plane and you can see that I have the jig the rails clamped my workbench and I have the wood clamped as well so it's clamped in the jig like this now this is a pretty dusty process and I'm not going to do the whole board but I'm going to show you how this thing works but I want to show you the saw marks and what we're going to do to get rid of them so you can see this board is pretty rough you can see all of the saw cuts there so I'm gonna start off by just taking a skim across it then I'll have to lower the blade a bit and do a little bit more say I always do just a little bit at a time [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] there you can see there's the area that I haven't touched yet and you can see that this is the area that's been planed and you know it's not perfect but it all it's gonna take is some sandpaper to make that nice and nice and smooth all the way across and what I like about this Jake is you can keep expanding it and make it wider and wider and wider so very happy with the way that's turning out and I really like the the bit that bit this is the first time I've use that bit is doing an excellent job very happy with that well that concludes my video for today I'm not trying to make you sit through the whole plating of the board you've got an idea how it works and what went in involved in making it I'm very happy with the way it works nice little planing Jake and I know I'll get lots of use out of because I've got some pretty wide boards that I want to do some blading on so it'll work perfectly for that I've called a cadet for woodwork web thanks for watching you

Make a Planer Jig for Your Router / Router Planer Sled
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39 thoughts on “Make a Planer Jig for Your Router / Router Planer Sled

  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Can you use this to flatten multiple boards if you don't have a planer or a jointer?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I'm new to wood working, I have a fixed speed, not variable speed, 2 HP 25000 rpm Kobalt fixed Router, will this router be sufficient for the router sled. I also have a uxcell 1/2-Inch Shank 2-Inch Cutting Dia, Double Flute Carbide Tipped Cleaning Bottom Router Bit; Will this combination of bit and router work on the router sled?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    You mentioned you had to use the jointer to make the rail edges straight, but is there a way to accomplish that if you don't have a jointer? Thanks and God bless.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    That was brilliant! Nicely done Colin !!
    Cheers, Bram

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Where did you buy the router bit???

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO! And I too have seen this done on other channels but your idea is really superior(in my book.) I almost didn't open up your window; glad I did…cheers…rr

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Thank you for the info, good information. I like your version of the planing jig also, the ability to see what you are doing is cool. I also like how you showed what bit you use for this. I fear, however, my little 2 hp router won't handle a hit like that. What size would you recommend?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    8:49 Something that I can't figure out is how you managed to get the router bit all the way to the edge of the piece?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I'd sure appreciate learning where that big bottoming bit came from! I'd like to buy one.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    How thick was the lexan sheet?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    This presumes you don't have a thickness planer or one that's wide enough, right? I mean, why else go to this trouble? Also, would a large drum sander do the trick as well? Just curious.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Seen other jigs but I like that you move the entire jig around instead of moving it a little then running the router across the jig. This seems like a much better idea.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    You are a mad wood scientist that was awesome thanks bro I appreciate you

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    A COMMERCIAL ABOUT DUECH BAGS ??????

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very cool Colin thanks for making the video.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Another well done video Colin. I like several others wonder how you didn't cut into side rails.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very clever idea Colin. I am liking your current channel path, great ideas and hacks.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    After too long a time since I was actively working with wood, I decided to get back into it. I've subscribed to many channels devoted to woodworking and your channel is absolutely the easiest for me to watch and understand! I look forward to the notices that you have a new one posted to YouTube! Thanks so much!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    i guess your bench or whatever you clamp it to would have to be perfectly flat too?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very good thank you.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I like how this vid shows the end result (working!) prior to the build. Many donโ€™t and I often get mentally lost while watching. Of course, I still got lost a little durign this video, but this is my fault. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Looks really good Colin

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Thanks Colin. Next month I'm making a pub/game table using a 36" live edge 2 1/2" cookie for the top. You've shown me a great way to plane it. Many thanks. And love your tutorials.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Interesting you used the hole saw. I always just used a straight bit larger than the one I was going to use in it

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I've seen other jigs like this but I like yours better. I have one question, what keeps the bit from cutting into the sides of the rails?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Nicely done I was wondering who makes that router bit. I found it in the show notes. I should know this bye now lol

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I like that project. Where did you get the router bit? Keep up the great work.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    You should have put a stop ether side of the blade to stop it cutting into the side rails.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I love you videos, Colin… Thanks for Sharing your knowledge as always.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Interesting jig , Thank you .

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I noticed you made a similar video. Did you forget you made a previous planning jig in 2013?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DezxCIl6ynM

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very interesting, great job

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    I imagine a bit like that requires a pretty hefty router – what power rating is your router Colin?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Colin, love your videos, they're always what I'm looking for, very informative, great content. I'm always looking for more ways to do the job with tools you can make. Of course repeatable and accurate are so important. Just want to say, you make it so that I don't have to release my own content, you're already doing an excellent job.
    BTW, this is the monster planing bit I just bought last week. I needed something with super sharp blades, and quite large. 2 3/8" CMT bit. I've got a lot of hickory to plane and this stuff is a lot tougher than anything else I've worked with.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B7RRZ0W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Best planing jig I've seen on youtube.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Wow, that planing bit is massive

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    regards, from Indonesia
    nice learning

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Very nice planner bed thank you sir good job. I am now a lifer on your channel. Love your videos and your teaching style. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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