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Ed Weber
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Flattening slabs
May 18th, 2020 at 1:24pm
 
If you ever had to flatten a slab or large piece that won't fit through your planer or something that would need too much hand work than you'd like, Usually most people would build a simple set of router rails.
Nowadays they have them ready to go but for a rather hefty price. IMO
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I just got my Lee Valley Catalogue and they have a very clever solution that keeps the price way down
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You still need to do some assembly but the result should be a much smoother movement than simply wood on wood. (sled on rails)
I may have to give this system a try next time the need presents itself.
Just though I'd share
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Re: Flattening slabs
Reply #1 - May 19th, 2020 at 8:02am
 
I have slabs drying in my garage tight now. They won’t be dry for probably another year at least, but the  Lee Valley jig looks like the way to go. For more ridged tubing I would use the spare set of Shopsmith way tubes that I keep tripping over in my garage storage loft. Knew I would need them someday!
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Reply #2 - May 19th, 2020 at 8:45am
 
Ok... I cheated. A  guy about 30 miles away owns a shop that does a lot of woodworking and around Xmas, he bought a 4x8 ft CNC machine.

By late January, he was set up and I took a big sab of Claro Walnut burl to him and he used the CNC to flatten both sides and then he put in his massive sander and sanded both sides.

He said he only took about 1/8" off each side.

So... all you need to do is buy a 4x8 ft CNC machine and you're all set!! Smiley
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Reply #3 - May 19th, 2020 at 9:01am
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on May 19th, 2020 at 8:45am:
So... all you need to do is buy a 4x8 ft CNC machine and you're all set!!


So, which one of your credit cards am I using?
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Reply #4 - May 19th, 2020 at 9:25am
 
My JCPenney card?? Grin Thumbs Up

It'll work as well as any of my other cards!! Smiley
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Reply #5 - May 19th, 2020 at 10:35am
 
So the store that just declared bankruptcy, I'm sure there will be no problem.
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Reply #6 - May 20th, 2020 at 8:27am
 
Oh... you knew about that, did you? Shocked

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