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Woodworking Hacks, 52″ Wide Planer with a Router!

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Ever before wish you had a 52" broad thickness Planer? In this video I'll shop you how to turn your Router into one with simply one sheet of plywood! Your welcome;-RRB-.

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  1. Did Nick Offermam (Ron Swanson from park&reck) really invent this method?
    Does anyone know? Or did he just popularize it?

    1. The Samurai Carpenter

      +Jared Jeanotte I doubt it. That article in fine woodworking is where I
      first saw it though so maybe.

    2. +The Samurai Carpenter were you breast fed until 12yrs.

  2. This is the exact method I use to flatten electric and bass guitar bodies.
    Works great. You can also cheat one side up an 1/8th inch at a time and get
    a rough radiused cut. Works well for smoothing and edge or starting a
    carved top guitar body.

  3. I use this method to level and make parallel the ends of my ‘Stump Flare
    tables’. Nice heavy stumps the cats and dogs can’t easily knock over…

  4. Nice workspace/shop you have there. It sure does help when making jigs and
    storing tools infrequently used. rc

  5. which bit did you recommend?

    1. The Samurai Carpenter

      +stephen wilson Freud 1″ diameter fluted bit with a top mounted flush
      bearing.

    2. +The Samurai Carpenter I appreciate it.

    3. Why 1″ and not 2″?
      Would take half the time.

    4. stephen wilson A router planing bit. Up to 2″ diameter depending on cut
      depth and if your machine has the HP for it. If the surface is very
      irregular you can do two or more passes. A wider cutter will do the job
      much faster.

  6. That is as simple as it gets. Good job.

  7. Needs more sawdust.

  8. This is more like a wide jointer, than a planer, no?

    1. +raegir Why not? A planer is for thickness, and a jointer makes flat edges.
      You can put things through a planer, and have them still come out twisted
      from end-to-end…a jointer would correct that…which this does.

    2. +Uncle Buck I believe that this is incorrect

  9. Yes, a 60 inch planer and a 60 inch joiner to go with it.

  10. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  11. dr. juan policarpio

    i am learning a lot

  12. what does “deadly” flat mean ?

    1. Dan Davis same as dead nuts.

  13. the high volume radio noise was quite the D%^& move.

  14. Any advice on where to find logs/ slabs for furniture?

    1. The Samurai Carpenter

      Get an Alaskan chainsaw mill. Acquire logs through local arborists or
      developers clearing lots for developments. Mill the slabs yourself. They
      will take years to dry but you will have plenty stored up by the time your
      first slabs are dry. Either that or pay a fortune for then from hardwood
      suppliers. Often times the curved or weird shaped logs are given away for
      free for firewood and they often make the coolest looking slabs.

    2. +The Samurai Carpenter I found some companies on ebay that are selling
      large hardwood slabs quite cheaply. I might contact them to see whether I
      could go and look through their store

    3. ive taken very cheap/occasionally free logs and have cut them and flattened
      them and have sold them for hundreds and every once in a while, thousands
      of dollars. this method is very cheap and having the best equipment money
      can buy will only cost you a grand or two. this is assuming you have a very
      good chainsaw and mill and a good router with a nice wide bit. pays for
      itself very quickly.

  15. Since that slab is freshly milled, didn’t you let it dry first (for like 2
    – 3 years) before you worked it? Also sounds like you’re battling one hell
    of a cold.

  16. What bit did you use?

    1. xc0n22 1″ he said it ” an inch at a time

  17. you stole this idea from Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson) who was featured in
    Fine Woodworking Magazine in 2011.

    Give credit where credit is due.

    1. I love how you accuse someone of “stealing” without the facts. Offerman did
      not invent the technique it has been around for MANY years. I was
      introduced to it by Tage Fried in the late 80s and he didn’t claim
      ownership of it and had been using it for years at the time. Expecting
      someone to give credit here is akin to expecting someone to give credit to
      the inventor of the crosscut sled if they present their version of it.

    2. he did say it wasn’t an original idea and that he saw it in a woodworking
      magazine years ago.

    3. Kren Wregget This technique has been around for a long time in various
      forms. No way was it “invented” by a single person in 2011.

    4. +Kren Wreggett I was doing this back in 2005. My father-in-law has a wood
      working shop and he has been doing this for 30+ years and he told me his
      dad showed him so this was not invented in 2011. They have been doing some
      form of this since the beginning of time.

  18. Would this be possible with a plunge router? Or only fixed base style?

    1. You could do it with both, but just ‘easier’ with a fixed. Most (if not all
      plunge routers) can lock their springs.

  19. Very cool. I’m gonna try this on a small log I split by hand. If not using
    a router, I think you would need a very wide jointer to get one side
    completely flat, then a planer to cut other face and get it to final
    thickness.

  20. Hey. so I’m currently constructing one of these to level a maple slab.
    everything is level and square but from pass to pass with the router I’m
    getting like a 1/32″ of an inch lip/edge left on slab and can’t figure out
    why. Is this normal? is this what you are sanding off with the belt
    sander??

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