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Project by squaretree posted 09-08-2014 11:37 PM 4049 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I first seen the commercially made wall-mount router setups, I thought they looked very convenient and flexible. Since I didnt have an extra grand lying around to buy one, I decided to come up with a home made version. Mine doesnt have some of the features, such as the sliding mechanism that moves the wood instead of the router. But honestly, there are several things on the commercial units that I just didnt need. For instance, I already have a leigh dovetail jig, so I didn’t need to engineer this jig to cut dovetails. I am currently using the jig for the first time on a project (a bed for my daughter), and I absolutely love it. It is great for making a series of mortises quickly and accurately. Square tenons would be super easy as well. I also love having the router up nearer to eye level. Im 6 feet tall, and I have the jig mounted at around 50 inches off the floor.
The build was fairly simple. I designed it around some aluminum t-track that I already had. For left to right movement, the router base plate assembly is sitting on glides made specifically for the t-tracks im using. The front to back movement relies on the two piece router base. Both pieces are acrylic. The top piece is simply riding in the wooden slides on the left and right of the router. The long handle in front of the router locks this movement. Fixed rules and cursors are a must in my opinion. And all of the different options you have for limiting movement make this jig very precise and easy to set up.
Overall I had about $150 in this jig and there is very little I would change. Im sure you could build it cheaper, but I am factoring in the original cost of the t track I used. It was a little pricey.
An added bonus, is that the jig does not take up any extra space in my shop. When I am not using it, I park my router table underneath the jig.

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord





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#1 posted 09-09-2014 12:08 AM

well done.

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Thepps

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 04:34 AM

Nice! I may have to put this on my to do list.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 08:07 AM

Very nicely constructed and thought out. Something I could use if only I had the wall space. Thanks for sharing.
David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Belg1960

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 10:40 AM

Love the idea!
David how about building on the rear of your router table on hinges and just add legs or hinged brackets to hold it up?? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 11:29 AM

Nice build. How do you use it?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 12:42 PM

Would love to see a video of this in action. Hard to wrap my head around how exactly it works without seeing it in action…

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squaretree

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 01:02 PM

I will try to post a short video soon. The router “carriage” can move left and right the entire length of the jig (48”). There are 4 specially made slides on the bottom of the carriage that ride inside the t slots. These are very smoothe and have zero play.
The two piece router base lets you move the router front to back. And of course the plunge gives you your up and down movement. So you basically have fixed x, y, and z axis movements that you can set up quickly for mortises, tenons, dados, rabbets, joinery….

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 01:10 PM

I would like to see the reverse side of the router as well. Just to understand the gliding runners

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 01:10 PM

Very nice – I like the idea of the router bit pointing down and out of the way. That combined with hands on the router and not the workpiece make this a very safe set up.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 01:31 PM

And now i feel silly for buying a router plate insert

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 09-09-2014 02:58 PM

Sounds great. Looking forward to the video!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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squaretree

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#12 posted 09-10-2014 12:43 AM

!Jig demo: http://youtu.be/20Ik7PeE9wU!
This is a link to a short video I posted for you guys. The one thing I forgot to mention is that I bought the 80/20 aluminum extrusion on ebay. If you just do a search, you will find a couple ebay stores that sell the aluminum and the glides.

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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#13 posted 09-12-2014 04:03 PM

Nice work!

-- If someone tells you you have enough tools and don't need any more, stop talking to them, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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