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This is one of my many routers mounted inside a bucket. I made 2 doors out of clear acrylic to get at the lock mechanism and to get off the bits. I also made an adjustable height mechanism inside the bucket with a hand crank for adjusting the router up and down. I can do repetitive height adjustments of the router with out having to shut off the router and re-adjusting everything. I have a small wheel I made in the back with 1/64 increments so I know how high or low to go with the height adjustment of the router as I am routing. I have a vacuum hook up inside the bucket and it has excellent suction. I get almost no mess with the router this way.





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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 702 days ago

Router in a can – wait until the marketers get a hold of this idea !

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 702 days ago

Is there an air supply so the motor doesn’t overheat?
Pretty neat idea.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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exelectrician

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#3 posted 702 days ago

Hey! thats my idea! Just joking.. but seriously I did that same thing a while back. Except I have the bucket around my router lift and also have a Wixey height guage. The 4” exit at the bottom is coupled to the 4” vacuum line to my DC. Like you say,,, it works like a charm. Hmmm… I must post a picture of this.

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#4 posted 701 days ago

Great idea

-- Norman

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TimWood

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#5 posted 701 days ago

I’m up at 4:34 am because I can’t sleep….designing a router table and I’ve been thinking about mounting a bucket under the lift with a 4” inlet at an angle, on the side to swirl everything. Like Oldtool said, overheating can be a concern – just keep enough air flow through the bucket but it’s like this, when your wife brings you a bowl of nuclear hot stuff, would it cool faster sitting in the open or with a fan flowing across it?

-- Tim Harrelson

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Milo

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#6 posted 701 days ago

ssull4167,

Is that dial on the side some kind of lift mechanism? If so, can you show closeups of it???

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scrimman

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#7 posted 701 days ago

Yeah, I imagine that you’d need the vacuum on to keep that motor from overheating. That sure is a neat idea, especially owing to the fact that my router is such a pain to adjust to begin with. I might have to steal this idea from you….

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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Sodabowski

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#8 posted 700 days ago

And so do I…

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