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Desk in progress

I am in the process of using a jig and a router to level and playing the desk. Probably wasn’t the best method. Any ideas? I will add to this as progress continues. I used a belt sander for the bottom. Much easier. I’m down to a depth of 2.5 inches. Going to run some dowels for safety. The base will be made of black iron 3/4 inch. Hopefully done by Friday.

-- Greenwood

What type of wood is it? It looks like some type of softwood. How wide is your router bit? What is the problem you are having while routering/planing? I will be attempting this very soon on my workbench top, and would like to know more. Can you give as many details as possible? For the bottom of my bench i used an electric planer first to trim down the high boards, then switched to a #7 hand plane. It was only the underside so it wasn’t perfect but worked well.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

This router planing thing is interesting. I like your jig and will keep it in mind if the situation comes up. But I think you’ll find that jointing the lumber beforehand and getting a good dry fit before assembling will make things a lot simpler. I don’t have a jointer but I made a sled for my table saw that essentially does jointing. It’s just a long, stiff angle with toggle clamps to hold the lumber. It will take out a bow, but not any twisting so I’m just careful about lumber selection for projects whichI need that. I learned the hard way that a good dry fit is really necessary in terms of movement, especially on a larger top.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Thank you guys. What started off as the top will now be the bottom. I’m just trying to get it level. Use good hard wood for your jig. The table is simple pine or white pine. I made the jig out of three-quarter inch strips which bowed in areas creating low spots. My router bit is 1 inch. There are 20 different ways I should have done this but it’s nice to understand the concept

-- Greenwood

That’s one big job,very good start.

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