Now we're getting to the gut of this chapter—surfacing rough stock.Yes, you can dress stock using a routn.

But make no mistake here. You'd be nuts to habitually prepare lumber using the router. You can't beat the jointer-planer-tablc saw ensemble to dress rough-sawn lx>ards, making the faces smooth, flat, and paralkl and the edges smooth, square,and parallel. The job can be done quickly and accurately by any beginner. And even if you don't have the dough let a jointer and a planer, you usuaDj can buy the service economical; from your lumber dealer.

BUT ever)' once in a while, there's a special project where router thtci-ncssing is appropriate. Maybe it is centered around a curly mapit board—beautiful but difficult to surface without tear-out. Or you've acquired a small log of some native exotic, a log you can saw into boards' on your band saw. Perhaps you need i a small amount of thin stock fori box or for a drawer or two. Therearc a lot of reasons to do it. Someday, you may have a problem, and router: thicknessing will be your solution.

Here are the basics of how to do it.

What you need is a sturdy routet a large-diameter bottom-cleaning kind of bit, and a fixture that suspends' the router above the stock, allowing it to move side to side and back and forth in a level plane.

We've got a surfacing platform here that's pretty flexible. It'll accommodate stock a few inches wide bya few inches long, up to a 3-foot-long plank that's 21/» inches thick and 11 inches wide. You can build it and, when you have a board to thickness that's in its range, pull it off the

Just as you can taper legs on a jointer, you can do it on the router table. And you'll probably feel safer doing it with the router, loo. Mark the extremity of the cutting edge on the tabletop, and mark where you want the taper to begin on the leg blank. Line up the two marks and "joint"from thar point to the end of the leg. Keep repeating this operation until you've achieved the degree of taper you want.

The horizon tal router table can easily function as a jointer. Use carpet tape to stick a strip of plastic laminate to the tabletop—forming the outfeed surface and estalh lishing the amount of stock to be removed per pass, Set the bit's cutting edge flush with this surface.





shelf. Obviously, you can change the dimensions to revise the range. Oryou can keep the concept in mind and make a job-specific fixture when the need arises.

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