Router Cradle - Bit Changes Made EASY!

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Project by TD69Mustang posted 11-10-2010 08:18 PM 15371 views 41 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I must give Kudos to Jawhorse for this idea. He said that he borrowed it from somewhere else, but this was the first time I had seen this; and if it weren’t for his post, I’d still be struggling with bit changes. Thanks for the Idea!

See Jawhorse ’s router cradle here

The built-in spindle lock on the router was always slipping when I tried to use it

I used some 1/2” baltic birch scraps for the base.
I used the bandsaw to cut the radius for the router. Then the spindle sander to smooth the cuts.
The Jaw that holds the router spindle is just some 2” aluminum t-track that I had laying around. I cut it with a hand held grinder, then smoothed the edges with a file. I also cut a piece of plywood with rabbets on each side so it would fit into the t-slot. I attached the insert to the frame first and then slid the t-track over the insert.
I also cut a slot into the router support so the wrench wouldn’t wander away.
Last, I bored a finger hole to make it easier to grab ahold of, or hang up when not in use.


-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 08:35 PM

Wow, Now that’s what I call a great idea!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 08:55 PM

That’s a exelent idea! No matter who invented it.
Thank you so much for sharing this. Clever clever clever.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bob #2

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 09:21 PM

Great job. It’s ideal for that style of router. I will make one for mine.
Here’s one I came up with for the Triton 3 hp router that is a PIA to hold steady during bit changes.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 09:44 PM

Slick idea. I’ll be making one for me and one for each of my sons!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 10:54 PM

Great idea, now I will only have to find one spanner – ezy peezi

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 11:43 PM

Bob #2

I like your design for the larger router as well. Having that (3rd Hand) to hold the router sure helps.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 01:40 AM

just bought the same router, my first, I haven’t even used it yet.
This looks like a big help for support thanks for posting…any other cool jigs for it????

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 02:23 AM

who ever invented its a clever idea
I think it cuold be adapted to my handheld grinder always had truble with those


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#9 posted 11-11-2010 03:42 AM

I have a couple of Craftsman routers that this would work great on, Thank you!

And, you too Bob #2.
I have a big Triton router that I will be making one of your holders for as well.

All you guys sharing this stuff sure make it easier for this old fumble fingers to get the job done. Thanks !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 06:37 AM

Very clever. And don’t you just love that router?


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 06:57 AM

Goodness, this is the first one of these I’ve seen. It definitely goes on my list to build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 06:46 PM

Glad this can help.

Whit, Yes… It is a great router, it’s definitely the one I go for first.

twokidsnosleep, sorry, no other fun jigs for this one YET!

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 03:41 PM

Man, this is great….I will be making one of these for my router….

-- 1 John 3:16

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#14 posted 11-18-2010 09:48 AM

Neat idea.

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

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#15 posted 11-24-2010 06:44 AM

This is awesome… I HATE changing router bits. Thanks for sharing.

-- "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

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