|Project by Don Johnson||posted 06-05-2014 01:31 PM||9687 views||26 times favorited||25 comments|
This is my version of Stumpy Nub’s latest creation, which is showcased on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msFb8s79bWs&list=UUstwpLSByklww1YojZN-KiQ
Built from Stump’s excellent plans – available at www.stumpynubs.com – using an old Bosch POF52 router I found on Gumtree (like CraigsList) for £10.00, and the same slides as used by Stumpy (which I found are made in the UK), I only had to make a couple of minor changes. These were mainly due to the difficulty of obtaining T-Nut components in the UK without purchasing a complete jig-making set. I also used a glued-in Nylock nut on the swivel retainer so that I can still easily disassemble the unit. I used the same technique for the depth stop, which can be adjusted by hand using the large knob, as I found that vibration tended to unscrew the wing nut originally fitted. I’ll probably add the chip extraction vacuum connection when I can get my old shop vac to create enough ‘suck’.
I’ve tried a couple of test joints using a 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch router bits, and they seem to be fine, even though I’m using straight cutters rather than expensive spiral upcut routers. All I need now is a project requiring some mortise and tenon joints, and I’ll be able to give the tool a proper test.
When I was looking at spiral upcut routers, the shop assistant (sorry – they call them ‘colleagues’ now) asked what they were for. He was rather taken aback when I mentioned the Festool Domino tool, but that I was making one out of wood!
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk