LumberJocks

Router Offset Jig

  • Advertise with us
Project by Karson posted 2097 days ago 4234 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While working with making the counter tops for my kitchen out of Corian, I became aware of my inability to hold the router flat on the surface for the entire time that I was doing pattern routing and edge routing.

So I figured it was time to make an Offset jig.

Since I have a surplus of Corian from the kitchen project, I decided to make the jig out of Corian.

I took the base off the router and cut the Corian 1” wider than the base.

I used double faced tape to stick down the router plate to the Corian and used Vix Bits to start drilling the holes in the center of the current holes in the base.


I took it to the drill press and drilled the holes that the head of the bolt would be recessed into.

I then drilled the holes all the way through with a hole to match the bolt size.
I then took a hole saw and cut out a hole in the middle.


Mounted it on the router and found that all the holes fit.

I then drilled a hole at the other end and put in a knob. Used a forstner bit to cut space for the bolt head and washer and then the center hole for the 5/16” bolt.


I then used it to hold the router steady while I routed the counter top.

If you don’t have one make one. There easy and quick and help with the accuracy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





17 comments so far

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12856 posts in 2589 days


#1 posted 2097 days ago

Good job Karson … hope you had fun making this one ! Fun to read and follow. You are a teacher and a half.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 2905 days


#2 posted 2097 days ago

Very nice Karson, the Corian looks like its nice to work with.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

View itsme_timd's profile

itsme_timd

688 posts in 2437 days


#3 posted 2097 days ago

Thanks Karson, very informative post!

How is the Corian for weight? Does it make it cumbersome at all?
I know it’s heavy stuff but in this application I could see that as a benefit in keeping it flush and square.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

View Karson's profile

Karson

34862 posts in 3006 days


#4 posted 2097 days ago

The Corian is just a few ounce’s under plate steel in weight. Very heavy and hard to move around. Because, it’s fragile like glass. It can shatter and chip if it hits something the wrong way. You want to make sure that all of your cabinets are level, because a bow or sag in the middle can cause it to crack and break.

I put a block of wood on a 2 wheel Dolly so that the edge of the Corian is supported on the wood. I then have the back or bottom against the metal of the dolly. That allows me to transport it from the shop to the house and back and forth. In the smaller pieces I just carry them.

On this jig I’ll probably polish the back to make it slide easier. I didn’t do it today. it was just a quick shot, less than an hours time, to make it and use it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Richard Williams's profile

Richard Williams

162 posts in 2398 days


#5 posted 2097 days ago

I’m thinking of a TV show and you as the Presenter of all these wonderful ideas. Sound good?

-- Rich, Nevada,

View Karson's profile

Karson

34862 posts in 3006 days


#6 posted 2097 days ago

Whats the pay Richard. If we can get over that hump. Then I’m all for it.

That’s if I don’t get elected President on my write-in campaign

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Grumpy's profile

Grumpy

19334 posts in 2457 days


#7 posted 2097 days ago

That kit leaves a nice finish Karson. Looks easy enough to use.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View lew's profile

lew

9958 posts in 2361 days


#8 posted 2097 days ago

Karson,

Neat!! You said the Corian is heavy and fragile. How is it on the tool blades and bits??

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View Karson's profile

Karson

34862 posts in 3006 days


#9 posted 2097 days ago

Lew:

I’m using regular carbide tooling. The saw blade that I was using maybe was a little dull, but It started to chip the surface of the Corian on the top edge. I swapped out a resharpened Triple Chip blade, about 80 tooth and it cuts great.

Cutting some MDF it just runs through the blade and doing the same with Corian it is real slow. A tough cut.

The router bits when doing the pattern cuts and the round over, I get pieces that look like Ivory Snow, a nice billowy fluffy cut (saw dust), The edge with the Ogee has what looks a straight line scratch pattern. It was a brand new router bit that I tool the covering off. So it was never used. it cuts fine but slow and I’m getting the scratches. I don’t know if they make regular Solid Surface router bits, but I’m using what I have and I’ll be done soon. It might be a bad sharpening job on the new bit and if used on wood you’d never notice, but it’s noticeable on the Corian. Sanding paper, through the grits makes it shine.

So if it kills a $35.00 router bit, I’m still ahead of having someone else do it. and the saw blade can be resharpened. So time will tell.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Callum Kendall's profile

Callum Kendall

1918 posts in 2309 days


#10 posted 2096 days ago

Great idea Karson!

Thanksforthe post

Callum

-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out http://thetimberkid.com/

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11639 posts in 2294 days


#11 posted 2092 days ago

http://www.bamcarbide.com/c248tocosawb.html Link to 10”x 48 tooth Corian blade $49 Sounds like it will help with the issues you described above if you have a lot more to cut or just for future reference : ) Thanks for all of the detailed info on your posting , Karson , and I’m going to make one of your jigs as well . It does sound like you had a bad grinding job on that router bit right out of the package : ( Have a great weekend !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View BIGSKY's profile

BIGSKY

22 posts in 2016 days


#12 posted 2000 days ago

JUST WHAT I NEEDED I’AM GOING TO MAKE ONE

-- BIGSKY

View POPSHOP's profile

POPSHOP

125 posts in 1857 days


#13 posted 1856 days ago

Nice job and durable material .

-- POPSHOP ,

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112002 posts in 2183 days


#14 posted 1856 days ago

Hey karson
A great idea and well photographed thanks.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8476 posts in 2254 days


#15 posted 1856 days ago

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing Karson, another great idea I’m going to utilize from you.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase