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    Woodpeckers slab flattening mill pro

    Hello, Does anyone have experience with the Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill Pro. If YES what did you mount it on. What size router & bit do you use. Have you been happy with the results. Is there a large learning curve.
    Any input would be appreciated, Kevin


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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin nee View Post
    Hello, Does anyone have experience with the Woodpeckers Slab Flattening Mill Pro. If YES what did you mount it on. What size router & bit do you use. Have you been happy with the results. Is there a large learning curve.
    Any input would be appreciated, Kevin


    For nine hundred dollars ($899.99) you could build a bunch of slab flatteners. Current issue of Wood has one made from Unistrut. Wood also made one. Personally, I would look on line at videos of shop made (I hate the words "home made) flattening jigs. You can fasten rails directly to your work bench to make a simple flattener.

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    I'm surprised anyone would buy a slab flattening jig when you can build one for next to nothing out of your scrap bin. I used to make them for whatever the need was, then cut them up until I needed one for another project. But recently I had the need to flatten quite a few slabs so I built a little better one. As I thought about the construction it occurred to me that you don't need rails at all if your bench is flat and wider than the slabs you need to flatten.



    The bridge rides directly on the outer edges of my bench. Shims raise or lower its height to accommodate different thickness slabs. I built a vacuum pick up for it which gets maybe half the chips and much of the dust, but it's not ideal.





    A better approach would be to make the bridge wider and put a dust collector hose in the router plate.

    John

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    I'm convinced that Woodpeckers' mission statement is to see just how little value per dollar spent they can put into a product. No question, some of their stuff is good, it's just that little of it is worth even a fraction of the price.

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    I used one of the Woodpeckers Slab Flatteners. A friend of mine purchased it and had me try it out with the Festool 2200 router. I used an insert type slab flattening bit with it to flatten some Box Elder slabs. I believe I was using an 1-1/4” diameter bit.

    I have a wooden rack that sets atop sawhorses and I took care to shim the rack until the top surface was dead level before placing a 1/2” sheet of plywood on top. I then screwed the Woodpeckers jig to it.

    I was happy with the way the system operated and the router and bit worked well during flattening. I did not have the vacuum setup and needless to say, had wood shavings pretty much everywhere.

    the unit is not cheap but you get your money’s worth as it is very well built and provides smooth and precise operation. I would like to have one and would consider spending the money for the Woodpeckers unit, if I were doing more flattening of slabs. I would definitely get the vacuum attachment as I believe it to be one advantage the Woodpeckers unit has over similar types of leveling sleds.

    Hope this helps.

    Clint

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    Thanks for the wide range of opinions.
    Stay tuned, Kevin

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    Seems like mounting it vertical like a panel saw would allow the chips to fall away from the bit. They do make panel saws that mount a router instead of a saw, Hmmm. Or the old standby of a router on a unused radial arm saw. Or a dado blade on a radial arm saw.
    Bil lD

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    I have one and yes it works well. Its expensive as stated.i bought it since i do a fair amount of slab work. It knocks down easily for storage and sets up quic its a no muss no fuss setup and works well.

    I use a 3.5 hp Milwaukee router with a 1.5 inch carbide bit and I am able to take off 3/16 maybe a 1/4 inch off a pass. Its can be a arduous task. I have spent a day flattening large slabs. Its noisey and dirty but when your done you have a flat surface that has light swirl marks than can be hand planed or sanded off.

    As far as I am concerned Woodpeckers are mighty proud of thier stuff. Some of it is gimmicky but other stuff works well.

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