Let’s Make an Easy and Adjustable DIY Router-Planer | How To

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I've been working on a big project, some custom racks to replace some old bedroom furniture. I really wanted to use some reclaimed wood I have in my barn, but they're not square. Without a planer, I decided to make my own planer using a router and some steel angles. It actually turned out pretty great!

What I Used:
6' x 2 1/4" x 1" Plated Steel Slotted Angle (two)
4' x 1" x 1" Plated Steel Slotted Angle (two)
Scrap 2" x 1" pine
HDPE Cutting Board –
Drill (Hitachi) –
Scroll Saw –
Router (DeWalt DW618PKB) –
Table Saw

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  1. Nice video.

    What I always question with router jigs like this is — What if your floor isn’t flat (like mine :D)?
    If the rails themselves aren’t level won’t the routing end up uneven as a result?

  2. Walter Kessler good observation

  3. +Tyler Morrow if it’s big enough, definitely!

  4. I have never heard of winding sticks I’ll check them out

  5. Live Free and DIY

    Thanks for all the great support, it’d be a huge help to my channel if you’d share this video with someone you know!

  6. Show what you are building. next as you make pieces, show where on the jig they will go. The speed footage was very confusing.

  7. simply build an adjustable work bench for this sort of job………………thats what i did, i have 3 work benches all for different jobs/tools

  8. Terry Hagan what if you are using the jig to build your work bench? Lol

  9. What were the dimensions of the pieces you cut outta the Stanton trading 12 by 18 by 1/2 inch cutting board ? Also all I can find at the big box store ( Home Depot ) in my town is 4′ x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ Plated Steel Slotted Angle and 2-1/4 in. x 1-1/2 in. x 48 in. Zinc-Plated Offset Slotted Angle .

  10. Marivaldo Novaes

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  11. Just saw your project but with a planer instead of a router, try it, you be cutting more at a time ๐Ÿ™‚ same set upย  and take my word your set up is better because it doesn’t bent when you get to the center of the project ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Bravo on the torx bit screws – I absolutely hate phillips head screws after I started using the torx screws!!!! Subscribed just because of that! lol And interesting videos!

  13. Live Free and DIY

    haha, thanks, I almost exclusively use torx ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. lol you should tell others about the greatness of the torx in a vid – dont think I seen one about it yet of yours haha

  15. 0:32 runaway router-base!

  16. Pretty good man, pretty good..

  17. Guys, Rofl nuclear This work really looks like awetome specifically :]

  18. One suggestion. If you’re going to switch between your voice-over and the sound of a tool, try not to make the tool sound 5 times louder than your voice over. It’s not fun having the volume up so I can hear what you’re saying and then get blasted with the router noise.

  19. what bit did you use

  20. Nice. Good idea

  21. Cool rigg well Done

  22. thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. basically the largest straight bit you can find, that’ll fit your router (so you don’t spend all day)… I’ve used several different brands, I don’t really have any specific recommendation.

  25. thanks, I think I’ve rectified that issue in my newer videos ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Anastacio Hernandez

    That is an awesome planer boss thanks for sharing

  27. Thanks for watching ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. ฤฐdris Akdogan


  29. Blbost !!

  30. This is just one of those things where you weigh your own time value vs the new tools. Sure, if you’re experienced enough this thing will go quickly, but the general population who will need diy stuff are those same inexperienced people. The real use of this I think is for someone with *EXTREMELY* limited space, so you can just take it apart and store it.

    But you can get a benchtop planer for like $100-150 which is like 7ish hours of work for many people.

    I watched this to see if I’d rather make one… the design is epic and simple…but I’m gonna drop the 170 or so on a decent planer for now xD

  31. Kyle D you can get top grade milled lumber and use that for your first bench if stock-quality is thought to be necessary…but ingenuity and practice seem to show you how to solve every problem you could run into…

    Like not having a planer, and needing some exact stock…but having a router and a cutting board ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I’m going with a plain old planer…

  32. I’m not sure where you’re getting 100-170$ bench top planers, but if you have a decent source that cheap, you totally should! Also, one of the benefits to this design is you can go over the typically 12″ width of the bench top planers.

  33. Great idea and affordable for most.

  34. Thanks for the feedback ๐Ÿ˜€

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