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Project by shipwright posted 06-02-2011 05:30 PM 5919 views 23 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple pin router that I tossed together last year to see if I could use for marquetry. It’s a very good working pin router but not suitable for the small pieces I wanted to do. It’s just a box with a trim router mounted inside. When you mount the box on a drill press (here a ShopSmith 10ER), it becomes a pin router with some nice features.

1) You can change pin sizes easily to match (or not match) your cutter
2) You can raise the pin easily to set up work and then return it to an exact set point to begin cutting.
3) because the drill press is a big solid machine, it’s very stable and doesn’t flex on you.

The piece of ready rod in the last photo was an early (whatever is available to try out) pin. I later used the shaft end of broken off drill bits. A cheap set will give you lots of incremental pins.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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#1 posted 06-02-2011 06:09 PM

Thats a really neat idea..

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 06:24 PM

Got to try this with a spare Dremel for fine work. Thanks for the great idea.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 06-02-2011 06:50 PM

Neat.
I could come up with a couple of uses for that.
Good re-use of machinery.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 07:01 PM

Now THAT is too cool – I am glad I waited to build one of these.

Thanks!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 07:10 PM

Looks like a winner.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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shipwright

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#6 posted 06-02-2011 07:38 PM

Steve, I abandoned this idea fairly early because it wasn’t going to work on very small pieces but it worked quite well for larger ones.
What issues I did have were related to exact alignment. Your threaded rod alignment device talents would make this a much more accurate setup.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#7 posted 06-02-2011 08:11 PM

MLCS has one of these I believe….and the price is not bad….might work better on the alignment problems you had? I have purchased a few items from them and find that their customer and tech support is excellent….Their items are well engineered and built for the price. I do not have one of these though….so I don’t know how they perform….but the other items I have purchased have performed very well.

I do not work for or represent them…I am just a satisfied customer.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 08:15 PM

nice shopsmith and neat idea. i have an ER what a fun machine.

-- Got Wood?

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#9 posted 06-02-2011 09:11 PM

That’s pretty clever – congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-03-2011 12:58 AM

Nice one Paul, I see you do a bit of Putting practice in your spare time :))

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

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#11 posted 06-03-2011 02:16 AM

Pete, Just tuning up for my next trip to NZ. I love those country courses.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#12 posted 06-03-2011 07:16 AM

Yer, usually a Pub close by those “country courses” where it doesnt matter what your card reads :)

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

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#13 posted 06-03-2011 05:31 PM

This is a nice idea Paul.

Lee

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#14 posted 06-04-2011 03:35 AM

Great idea Paul, your inginuity , and knowledge has benefited all of us here at LJ’s. Thanks for posting.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#15 posted 06-04-2011 01:44 PM

You’re a clever guy.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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