|Project by rowdy||posted 08-27-2010 at 08:32 PM||1984 views||17 times favorited||16 comments|
Recently I purchased a small laminate trimmer and decided to put it to use in box making. Here is the result of my first effort. Nothing at all outstanding here, but I wanted to take the opportunity to illustrate the technique I used for routing a geometric pattern on the box top. I think this technique offers a lot of possibilities for creating interesting box tops, drawer fronts, and the like.
The first and second pictures show the box, which is made of walnut and lyptus. Dimensions: 11×6x4 inches. Finished with BLO and lacquer. Used a small round nose bit in the router.
The third picture shows the setup for routing the pattern along with a piece of pine with some test patterns on it. Basically the setup is a base of plywood that has a small metal bolt located on one side which extends about two inches above the base. This is a pivot point. Then there is the router that is attached to a trammel which has holes drilled in it every one-half inch, the holes sized to fit over the bolt. By swinging the router and trammel around the pivot point bolt one can cut arcs of various radii.
I think this procedure offers a lot of opportunities for creating interesting geometric patterns, given that a wide variety of router bits are available and that the pattern can be varied by orienting the workpiece differently relative to the pivot point. In the case of the box shown here I first routed arcs with the pivot point located at the midpoint of a side and then repeated the process with the pivot point located at the midpoint of the opposite side. An interesting possibility would be to cut a pattern through a laminated top to reveal a different color of wood below the top layer. Maybe I will try that.
-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas