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freehand routing a sign

-- Harry, Western Australia





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Martyroc

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 02:34 AM

Once again Harry, you have made me a little bit smarter with every post you have. Great directions, I will have to try this once I finish making the skis for my sled that you showed me yesterday. Thank you

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 03:56 AM

Harry,

You’re rolling NOW!

Don’t run out of gas…

... just keep on a going!

Thank you very much!

I don’t see how your eyes and hands can do that as nicely as it looks!

I think I have to get my eyes checked…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bradford

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 11:11 AM

This may sound silly to ask, but do you move the router and the jig, or move the wood beneath the router to route the grooves? For beginners, this would help understand. The PDF blog you provided was awesome.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 11:22 AM

Bradford, I have the same question.

Though I’m sure that moving the material and moving the router both have their applications, it would be very helpful to observe a few minutes of the freehand technique using the router on skis.

Thank you, Harry.

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harry1

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 11:33 AM

No question is considered silly here, it’s the one’s too shy to ask who have difficulty learning. As shown in this shot, the slab of wood is secured to the sacrificial table using four pieces of scrap MDF, the router is locked in a suitable position on the rails and the whole assembly is moved, holding the end cheeks. this gives a great deal of mechanical advantage, meaning that the operator has total control of the router.!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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harry1

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 11:37 AM

Hopefully Russ the above explanation and photo answers your question. I can see no possible use for moving the WOOD beneath the router, but I’m always ready to learn!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Andy

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 01:05 PM

Very nicely explained and very helpful. I will be trying this soon.
Thanks for taking time to share this with everyone.
Andy

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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workerinwood

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#8 posted 05-04-2012 01:15 PM

Great job and thanks for posting the’ how-to’.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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konaman

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#9 posted 05-04-2012 06:00 PM

The link won’t work for me

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RussInMichigan

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#10 posted 05-04-2012 06:11 PM

Thanks, Harry.

This has a great versatility.

So, the skis themselves could have hand holds routed right into them.

When I was thinking about moving the stock, Harry, I was thinking, brainstorming really, of something like an inverted pin router functionality. Stock on top, pattern underneath riding against a pin in the surface. Just throwing out ideas, but it might be worth taking a bit farther.

Cheers.

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harry1

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#11 posted 05-05-2012 03:28 AM

Conaman, I’m no expert at computers, only able to manage with the help of forum friends. Perhaps Joe will once again step in and offer a solution.

Russ, I’ve never considered pin routing because once one finds how wonderful and easy it is to rout when you can SEE exactly what the bit is doing, you become hooked for life! Having mentioned “seeing” what the bit is doing is the main reason that I design my projects using LARGE template guides.

Joe Funny that you should mention new glasses, yesterday I picked up three new pairs, one for reading, one bifocals, upper part to see the monitor and lower part to see the keyboard. the third pair is for use in my shed, so hopefully my projects may improve!

Finally, my thanks to everyone who is showing interest in what I’m posting.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 05-05-2012 03:42 AM

Very good Harry… The pair for the Shop… are they Bifocals … or the Reading type? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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harry1

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#13 posted 05-05-2012 03:53 AM

The pair for the shop are single focus but thin framed half glasses so that I can see over the top like with the other two pairs. I’ve just realised a problem, or rather three problems with the new computer glasses, the top part was supposed to focus at 950mm, instead it’s 800mm, the lower part very slightly protrudes when viewing the monitor and finally the monitor is no longer rectangular, it’s keystone! Methinks they’ll be going back from whence they came!
Can I once again prevail on you to offer help to Conaman

-- Harry, Western Australia

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 05-05-2012 04:06 AM

konaman:

It appears that you have to have a Google Account, which gives you a GMAIL email account (if you want to use it) as well as YouTube, and other things like Google.docs.

It IS FREE…

Once you register for an account & sign-IN using Remember Me etc. and you try to open Harry’s Link(s), they will Open just fine.

Try it… you will like it.

Hope this helps you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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