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3D Router #1: Building the base.

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Blog entry by bj383ss posted 12-17-2016 02:48 AM 1547 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My dad showed me this 3D router on YouTube by Paoson Woodworking. After watching what he could make with it I promptly bought the plans. Spent a couple of days reading over everything. Yesterday I pulled the trigger and started cutting parts.

Here is a link to the 3D router.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG9IAndPcrw&list=LLK7KPItDX6b8e0CcGKJNG_Q&index=5&t=6s

Got all the parts cut for the bottom. I also ordered the 32 bearings I need from Amazon.

I had a laminated piece of plywood that was a display from work I have been saving to use for a benchtop. But since I don’t have any room for anymore benches I thought it would be great for the top of the router base.

Couple of pics

It measures 53” square. It had a rubber trim piece that was in a 1/2” dado so I lost an 1” on both directions. I also didn’t realize it was a glued together piece and had some staples in it that held while the glue dried. I missed on of them by an inch. What luck. I should buy a lottery ticket.

The plans I bought are in several formats including pdf, sketchup, and autocad. It has full size printable templates for every part and a detailed cutting list.

Top piece for the base cut. Came out right on the money.

All the pieces cut to assemble the base.

Laid out the sides for the base using the full size template.

Holes drilled and countersunk.

Screwing on the spacer that fit between the side and the y axis rails.

Both sides completed ready to assemble to the base.

Base mocked up.

Screwing the sides to the base.

Attaching the center divider to the base. Assembly is upside down.

These are the y axis rails. They need a 1/4’ slot milled down the center.

Done milling on the router. I made 4 passes. I made marks on the board where to start and made a starting and ending mark on the false router fence so I would know where to start and end my cut. Next step for these is 45* cuts on both sides of the edges to attach 1/2” aluminum angle iron for the bearings to ride on.

That’s it for today. Should have my bearings tomorrow.

I did finish my outfeed table I need to update my blog entry on shop rearrange. I did get side tracked by this router!

Bret

-- https://www.flickr.com/photos/27291602@N03/



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htl

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#1 posted 12-17-2016 05:14 AM

Very interesting been wanting to see one of these made up.
So I bought my ticket and just waiting on the pop corn.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 07:52 AM

Success with your building. A very nice “router” machine.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Dutchy

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 07:53 AM


So I bought my ticket and just waiting on the pop corn.

- htl

I’m hoping the ticket is for free. (I’m Dutch)

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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crowie

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 10:07 AM

So I bought my ticket and just waiting on the pop corn.

- htl

I m hoping the ticket is for free. (I m Dutch)

- Dutchy

I’m with you Dutchy, a free ticket….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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crowie

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#5 posted 12-17-2016 10:07 AM

I hope someone has some spare pop corn please!!!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Roger

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 01:28 PM

Engineering genius. Very cool. Well laid out

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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htl

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#7 posted 12-17-2016 05:31 PM

My Shopsmith will do many of these tasks but the range of motion in this project is what makes it stand out and useful.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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bj383ss

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#8 posted 12-18-2016 12:18 AM

Thanks guys. Ya’ll must really like popcorn.

HTL I have heard that same thing about shopsmiths from several people. But this will only take up about a 4 sqft. I got my bearings today from Amazon, but too tired from work to go to the garage.

Bret

-- https://www.flickr.com/photos/27291602@N03/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 12-18-2016 01:53 AM

I have been deliberately avoiding a CNC. However after looking at your link and this build, my creative juices (as well as it’s potential benefits) sprung into action.
Looking forward to your progress, the finished product and please don’t leave out a demo of its use when finished.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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htl

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#10 posted 12-18-2016 02:10 AM

Not wanting to turn this into a SS post but I shortened my older SS and now it stands up proud and doesn’t use much more room than a drill press with a much bigger table.
But that’s the plus of your build the room you will have to work on project parts. priceless.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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