For moving the material I think you would want something more along the lines of a wide belt sander mechanism rather than a planer mechanism. The difference is that the platen has a conveyor belt which could be driven with a stepper motor and the pressure rolls are free wheeling. The improvement over the planer drive should be obvious. Just remember that if you're trying to move an 8' 2x around there's a lot of inertia to deal with. I think that there's a reason we don't see machines configured like this.X axis
- some method of moving the wood through the unit, similar to how a planer works.
- Will take in the wood and move it through the router about 8 - 10 ft, so it has to be robust
- Ideally, easy to store in a garage with an 8 ft ceiling and limited storage space