Its a pin router , no its a router table, no its a adjustable horizontal router table

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Project by Mark55 posted 09-25-2016 08:01 PM 10068 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been kicking around this idea for a while. I wanted to come up with a combination machine that I could combine 3 router based machines that I use quite often. I have designed a few router milling machines and some of the engineering I discovered I used in the process of this build. Although this is the rough build of my final design I am using this as an experiment to see what changes I need to do to the final version. On my mills I used a mechanical system for the plunge feature but this I used electronic.
The whole machine was built from scrap wood and scavenged parts. For the drive motor I used a dc motor from an old 12 volt battery drill then found a cheap 12 volt power supply.I even used the chuck to connect it to the threaded rod. I also made my own switch to raise it up and down, i did not use the drill trigger. If you look you can see a contraption about knee high, that is a pivot switch. it sits in a cradle so it can be removed and used as a foot switch. I dont know if you can see them but I have included limit switches on it to set depths on a plunge. I used V grove bearings running on angle iron to keep everything tight and smooth. I have included tensioners on the bearings to adjust the tightness. The main frame is two rails of glued up plywood 3 layers thick. They are all tied or glued in with the frame, it is very stable with no movement. The head unit is adjustable in height that slides up and down with a single bolt in the back to lock it in. The head unit itself has 6 inches of travel on the angle iron rails.
The table pivot has round disks with 60 grit sandpaper glued to one side sandwiched between the frame and the table unit . Once the outer clamps are tightened down in front and back it does not move and you can put it in any position. So far I am very pleased with it, it is a new toy and am discovering all the possibilities. I hope to post some videos in the next day or two. I have a few more pictures I will include in the comments

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#1 posted 09-25-2016 09:42 PM

Nice work Mark.
I would like to see it up close and personal. Looking forward to a video.

Damn shame that over 330 people looked at this and not one of them could be bothered to comment,
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#2 posted 09-25-2016 10:02 PM

+1 to the above comment.
I think you have a good idea there Mark.
Looking forward to the video.

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#3 posted 09-25-2016 11:27 PM

Nicely done, all in one.

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 02:32 AM


I wish I were so brilliant! I love your idea and look forward to the video, too.


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#5 posted 09-26-2016 03:04 AM

Very cool.

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#6 posted 09-26-2016 04:14 AM

That is some piece of work, excellent!!

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#7 posted 09-26-2016 05:27 AM

totally wild. excellant

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#8 posted 09-26-2016 09:57 AM

Cool project.

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#9 posted 09-26-2016 10:40 AM

Very nice build and a very cool design!

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#10 posted 09-26-2016 11:25 AM

Wow… innovation! Absolutely love the creativity here. Great job. I’m in the process of building a unique router table myself and will be posting soon. It’s a fairly basic router table with some great features but definitely not as versatile as yours. I’ve put a lot of thought into making a table that would go from vertical to horizontal but it never occurred to me to use your approach. I had an overhead pin router I built and used for many years. I only used the pin feature maybe 4 times in 8 years but it was nice to be able to see what is being cut. Eventually I opted for a router table because the depth of cut is indexed from the surface being cut. Slight variation in wood thickness created weird results with the overhead router. Never the less, you design allows the best of all worlds.

Very impressive!

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#11 posted 09-26-2016 12:49 PM

Mark, this is a great router fixture and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 09-26-2016 01:32 PM

Very cool idea, and great execution.

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#13 posted 09-26-2016 02:02 PM

Now that’s just slicker ‘n deer guts on a door knob! :) Great thinking!


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#14 posted 09-26-2016 02:39 PM

Nice design, I may borrow some of these ideas.

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#15 posted 09-26-2016 04:34 PM

That’s awesome. Multi-use machine.

-- Julian

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