|Project by Grumpy||posted 04-10-2017 01:35 AM||2270 views||8 times favorited||21 comments|
I had a need for a router jig to surface & mill burls. We all know how brittle burls can be because of the crazy grain problem. I didn’t like the idea of putting the burl through the thicknesser because I didn’t know if it would come out the other end in pieces.
Routing seemed the solution but not on the router table as I needed to mill out for a clock mechanism as well as get the burl faces even & flat.
I have a good quality portable work stand that gets little use.
I saw a few examples on LJ’s & liked the simplicity of one done by Scott Rieman
All I needed to do was attach removable runners to the work stand. Some aluminium door frames that were waiting for about 25 years to be put to use came in handy;
The adjustable clamps on the work stand were good for holding the workpiece, sacraficial slides in between saves damage to the clamps.
The Jig for the router is fairly simple. 2 recessed pieces for the X axis with threaded rod for use as stops & an end piece either end for the Y axis.
Both units together formed the jig.
For those of you concerned about the height of the router above the workpiece you could use smaller guides. That’s not a problem in this case because I have a long spiral upcutter bit.
The end result on the workpiece was satisfactory for the back of the clock, parallel, even & recessed for the mechanism.
Thanks for watching.
-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python