Torque Work Centre #3: Cutting Slots

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 1575 days ago 3724 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is another great use for the Torque Work Centre. I am frequently needing to slot pieces for various jigs I have built. Up until now I have been using the router sled I posted some time ago. That worked very well, and was safe to use, even on small parts. The Torque Work Centre does the same thing, but the set up and ease of use is much better and faster.

Here I’m slotting pieces for wooden clamps like these I posted recently as a project.

This is the set up for the flip stops to create the starting and stopping place for the slots.

The plywood you see is to keep from routing into my table. With my T-track table, this is a breeze!

I did all this (Including the set-up) in a few minutes before I came to work this morning.

Thanks for looking,

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Rick Dennington

3322 posts in 1826 days

#1 posted 1575 days ago

Greetings Kent…. That is one mean machine I have to say. Can it cook, too? Now if it could just make a pot of coffee, you’d be set…... lol. I hope to get a good look at this bad boy in action….. I’ll see you in a few days, hopefully, if I don’t rip or tear something, or bend it in the middle…. I hate that long drive to Texas….
If I get into a sandstorm while I’m there, I may come home early….... lol lol… See ya soon…....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

View dustbunny's profile


1149 posts in 1927 days

#2 posted 1575 days ago

I have wanted to make some of these hold downs,
but can’t be bothered to set up the router table.

I like the idea of overhead routing.
You can actually see what is going on.
The stop blocks….easy, no more clamp and wood block.

I am doing the antsy dance, mine is sitting on the
loading dock in Brisbane.
Your killing me Kent ; )
Great work !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

View stefang's profile


12935 posts in 1966 days

#3 posted 1575 days ago

I also like the overhead routing option Kent, but I will just have envy. Maybe I can figure out another way to do it. Thanks for the blog. It looks so easy with those stops an all.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Kent Shepherd

2697 posts in 1918 days

#4 posted 1575 days ago

Lisa, I am tempted to gloat and rub it in, but I won’t————yet!

Hope you get yours soon. Then we can compare notes.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

View degoose's profile


6996 posts in 1986 days

#5 posted 1575 days ago

Kent, thanks for giving us one more use for the Torque Workcentre.
Lisa, your machine is being shipped this week.. Hope you can stand the wait..I am sure it will be worth it..
I also know that you have been giving a lot of thought to your first projects with the Torque… and I can’t wait to see them..
Rick, let us know what you think of the Torque when you get to see it up close and personal

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

View dustbunny's profile


1149 posts in 1927 days

#6 posted 1574 days ago

My first project will be…...
Of course, if you have a new tool
you need jigs for it…
The rest is a surprise ; )

Oh yes Kent, we will share/compare notes.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

View patron's profile


13017 posts in 1972 days

#7 posted 1574 days ago

thanks , kent .

it sure makes me dream ,
i know the surface has just been scratched with this tool .

all you together are going to break new ground over and over .

so when are you going to make a torque center out of bubinga and purpleheart ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 981 days ago

Awesome pictures, each worth a thousand words.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 981 days ago

C O O L !!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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