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Blog entry by Blake posted 2393 days ago 10889 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would start a blog series on tales from the Tool Shop I work at. We come across weird tools and stuff that we can’t even identify on a daily basis. I thought the Lumberjocks might like to hear about it. This will be my place for chatting about the oddities of our small used tool store.

So those of you who know me, have heard me blog about the tool shop before. But in case you haven’t, welcome to “Drew's Used Tools.” If you click on the link it will take you to a photo tour of the shop as well as a description of what we do.

Todays tale: I came across this on one of the shelves today and just thought it was worth taking a picture of. It’s a Craftsman router bit sharpening jig in its faded but original box.

I opened it up and it was all there, looking like it had never been used. The sharpening stone and other components were still sealed in plastic.

I just thought it was so interesting because I have seen so many bizarre contraptions made by Craftsman over the years, and so many of them appear to be unused. Craftsman seems to have a history of inventing great ideas which promise to save time and make things easier but in fact only complicate a maneuver.

I guess I am a little bitter about this topic ever since I fell for Craftsman’s Biscuit Jointer router attachment, which was a total ($75 ha ha) joke… but I digress. I may be bitter, but I am still fascinated by the hundreds of strange attatchments, doodads, thingamajigies, whatsits, and woosles made by Craftsman over the years. If you spend any time at all shopping at flee markets or yardsales, you would recognize that there are a lot of them out there.

I’ll let you know if it goes anywhere with it’s $19.99 price tag. There are definitely a certain crowd of people that come in to our store that are really stoked on this sort of thing. And who am I to judge? It sure is interesting. And maybe it works really well. Maybe the joke is on me for not snatching it up with my discount. I’m sure somebody will get a lot of really good use out of this thing… just like its original owner. But I can’t help chuckling at this little oddity.

One thing is for sure: As long as I work here I will continuously see a constant supply of new (old) gadgets made by Craftsman to make your life in the shop easier.

Hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to comment and let me know if you have ever come across and/or used one of these.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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Karson

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#1 posted 2393 days ago

I’ve seen that advertised before. But I wasn’t into using routers at the time I guess.

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#2 posted 2393 days ago

Is there anything that dates it? The packaging looks a bit retro.

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Mario

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#3 posted 2393 days ago

I can’t imagine using something like that, do they expect you turn the router on and use the moter to sharpen the bit? no way, they can’t, right.

I can just see things flying everywhere.

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#4 posted 2393 days ago

looks like it would be a great collector’s item.
Just imagine having some gadget that was invented and didn’t meet the purpose intended.. or it’s still in its packaging.
Yah.. definitely a collector’s item.

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Tony

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#5 posted 2392 days ago

Hi Blake – Looks kind of dangerous for todays use, but as a collectors item, especially with the box, a definite collectors item – maybe it wall pay for the college tuition in 20 years or so!

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Daren Nelson

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#6 posted 2392 days ago

“In theory” I can see that thing actually working. I have seen them on ebay before. You would need diamond wheels to sharpen carbide, but they are cheap. (a buck each again on ebay)
wheels

I have never used one like that, but I do sharpen router bits in my shop (with a Foley Belsaw machine, that unfortunately cost alot more than $19.99) . The mechanics are the same a spinning wheel and the bit is moved onto it on the proper axis/angle. A router is adjustable speed, so that is a plus. You would have to fashion some sort of way to hold the router firmly in the upright position so you have both hands and both eyes on the piece being sharpened.

On a side note, the manual shows another odd Craftsman tool the “router crafter”. My wife found one of those at a yard sale still in the box for $10. I have used it a couple times, works pretty good.
router crafter

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thelt

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#7 posted 1766 days ago

Still trying to get my router crafter set up so I can start learning how to use it. Also got mine at an estate sale for almost nothing.

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#8 posted 1766 days ago

wonder how well the router bit sharpener works?

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GySgt

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#9 posted 1404 days ago

Well I have that aprticular attachment but without the sharpening aprts. I was wondering if you knew where I could acquire those items to continue using them with my router?

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GySgt

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#10 posted 1404 days ago

I have that attachment that I bought off of e-bay for $8.00, it doesn’t have the sharpening stones or the mandrel so I haven’t been able to use it yet. So now I’m looking for those items so I can sharpen some of my router bits. Any suggestions as to where I might be able to purchase them????

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thelt

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#11 posted 1403 days ago

Anybody comes across the handle for the Router Crafter, I sure would appreciate having it. Can’t use the one I got till I can come across a handle. Just askin’...

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Blake

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#12 posted 1402 days ago

This router jig was discontinued decades ago. I doubt you can find parts for it.

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ljjme

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#13 posted 1120 days ago

I have one of these sharpeners, with I think, every thing in the kit. Mandrel for the two stones, base plate, etc. However, there is no instruction manual. Does anyone have one that could be scanned and emailed to me? I want to try to use it, but do not want to ruin repairable bits.

By the way, my carton looks different, and the model number is 966501. My yard sale cost was 2 bucks. For someone needing the stone mandrel, I could measure it and make a drawing, and maybe someone with a metal lathe could make you one, or you could find a substitue in a hardware store. As far as new stones, I bet you could find Drimel stones that would be useable. They are cup shaped stones designed to grind on the side of the stone, not on the edge like bench grinder stones. Diameter is about 1 3/8”, probably anything over an inch would do. Check Drimmel for carbide cutting stones, online if you can’t find them in your local store.

The stone mandrel, is held in the router collet, and the bit to be sharpened is held in the tool. If it is ridged enough, it should work well. I wonder if the two different color stones are for steel and carbide. I bet the white one is carbide, but need the manual to find out for sure (or not).

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Blake

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#14 posted 1119 days ago

Don’t bother.

A lot has changed in router bits. They are manufactured with a much harder (and very brittle) carbide steel that is not meant to be sharpened. Router bits these days are DISPOSABLE. Besides, once you sharpen a router bit it will never have the same shape or give you the same results. Only large, high-end router and shaper bits are meant to be re-sharpened and should only be done with professional equipment. Spend you time/money/energy on something else.

Cleaning and honing can be done on router bits by hand to maintain the edge.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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