Shopmade D-handle Router Base

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Project by Bricofleur posted 10-01-2009 05:51 PM 9376 views 24 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my shopmade D-handle router base. I’ve been thinking about that for for a long time. I was inspired by Carol Reed’s design.

The sub-base is made out of 3/8’’-thick Plexiglass and the handle is nothing more than two pieces of plywood scraps glued together and shaped as my hand saw. Two short afternoons spent in the shop and it was done. I wonder why I waited so long!

No more tipping in sight when milling edges.

See all details, pictures and even short videos on my website, build you own and show you work :

NB: In my area, a commercial D-handle base for this router costs over $100.

When retired, you don’t have much money… but you have more time!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 06:02 PM

“When retired, you don’t have much money… but you have more time!” is just another way of saying: “When retired, you don’t need much money .. but you need fun!”

Serge has brought lots of fun not only for himself but also for many of us through his many clever shop tips – published or not.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#2 posted 10-01-2009 09:08 PM

Yes, that’s invention…and I like it. Super idea.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 11:39 PM


I must tell you that I REALLY enjoy your website blogging!

I had previously seen this project (I seem to recall it only being 4 slides) on your website and thought how ingenious that was! I prefer the D-Handle router bases but I only have one of my four Porter Cable routers with a D-Base. I just couldn’t justify the expense to replace the other three bases. But then I saw this on your site and said “DUD! Why didn’t I think of that?!” Needless to say, I now have ALL FOUR Porter Cable routers with D-Handle bases! And so little cost!

I must also tell you how much I admire your skills. You take such a plain and simple product as MDF and turn out pieces of true craftsmanship. While so many of us take great pains to bookmatch grain or choose the most figured piece of burl, you celebrate the simple elegance of a piece well made. You spend the skill level and time on MDF the same as if you were working with a fine grained piece of exotic hardwood.

You, sir, are a true craftsman to be admired! WELL DONE!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 06:34 PM

Thanks for your kind words Dave. But I’m just someone who likes to be in the workshop ready for any challenge. And of course, MDF “is” a challenge, as any other material, including wood.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 10-04-2009 01:04 AM

Awesome – you have inspired me to try one on my own.

Necessity is the mother of invention… way to go

-- "The worst day fishing is better than the best day working!"

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 11:49 PM

Clever Idea! Need to make myself one of those

-- Travis Henley, North Carolina,

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 03:19 AM

That’s a very nice idea that needs to be explored. Thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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