Offset Router Concept - I wish someone would make this

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Blog entry by Siegel_KenEvil posted 09-22-2010 02:52 PM 4061 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an idea I had and hopefully one of the major companies will pick up on it and make it. The picture says it all. It’s a gear box that is used with the router (either built in or added on) to allow the out-drive to be positioned off center. This would add major stability when using it free hand by keeping the center of mass and more of the plate over the work piece.

When I’m viewing this on my browser, half the picture is cut off by the window. I guess you may have to save the picture to view it entirely.

-- Scott

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 03:27 PM

I think Porter Cable used to make a trim router with an offset collet – I have no idea if they used a system like yours to accomplish the offset.

You’ve probably seen the eliptical base-plates that have an auxiliary handle out on the “point”. Positioning that handle over the workpiece keeps the router from tipping when edge-routing.

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 03:44 PM

1. I think it’s a fantastic idea and concept


2. looking at it from the point of view of a mfg. company – it means they have to create a whole new production line for another product that does the same thing only slightly different parts that call for a lot of new machining, where on the other hand – they could just keep the same centric routers, but sell a $0.01 offset base made of some plastic material – which they seem to do.

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 05:58 PM

Sorry to burst your bubble, but you can get one of these as an additional base for almost any router. I don’t mean to sound like a jerk but you should do a little research before re-inventing the wheel, I mean you have obviously put a lot of time engineering and drawing your plans. But a simple google search for “offset router” yields thousands of results. And like PurpLev said, you don’t need a new router, just an accessory base, which makes it cheaper to produce and inexpensive for the consumer to upgrade.

For larger routers the offset base stabilizes the router and keeps it from tipping. You can buy them or easily make them:

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 06:59 PM

Thanks for the post but I saw those. After seeing thoses, my idea was having one on a large router that can quickly change positions without having to disassembling anything. Those are solutions but I like mine better. I just drew it up for fun and didn’t spend a lot of time engineering it. Just enough to express the concept. I’m sure if it was going to be really designed, there would be a lot more thought and detail to it.

I guarantee if this was ever made and if Norm was still on TV (two very big ifs), he would be showing it on New Yankee and then everyone else would want one.

-- Scott

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 08:06 PM

Ok, cool. Good luck :)

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