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Router Guide for the Wood lathe

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-12-2012 02:24 PM 4488 views 45 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a router guide box for use in the wood lathe to slot/flute wood projects in the chuck or between centers.
It is to be used in conjunction with a plunge router with a 5/8” bushing on the bottom.
It is adjustable up and down to accommodate a 10” max diameter piece. The top plate is also adjustable both ways to follow a taper on a part for cutting parallel to the surface- to a max of 30 degrees or until the top hits the part. I know it needs end stops to control the travel and I made one tryout with it to see where they would best be placed. I decided there will be top end stops cut to the curve of the router base and slotted so they can stop the base in either direction. This is better than having them under the plate which will be full of chips and they would hang down further lessening the angle travel.

It worked pretty slick the first time out. The sample piece is in the 3rd shot taken under the router.

I created the following blog to show the steps in building this fixture:
http://lumberjocks.com/Slovenian/blog

..........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 03:01 PM

Jim,

This is another great idea! Looks good for cutting dados, love it!

Keep up the good work!
Your buddy, AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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ChrisK

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 03:36 PM

Nice design.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 05:02 PM

Great design Jim, Thank you for the blog as well.

-- Back home. Fernando

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Diggerjacks

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 05:28 PM

Hello Jim

A very nice jig

I must make one like your

And thanks a lot for the blog

The pictures are really a bonus
Do you have a final project using this jig ?
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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michelletwo

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#5 posted 09-12-2012 05:49 PM

Alllriiight Jim..you got it done. Good for you What I think is just super & I have never seen before is the ability to slant the top..this will be totally useful. GREAT JOB

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 06:44 PM

Chris and Fernando,You’re welcome!!

AJ, I suppose you could use it for flat work if you clamp a piece under it. Dado’s, mortices, you name it. I never thought about that!! You are a real creative thinker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diggerjacks, I don’t really have a project in mind but having this fixture opens it up to all kinds of new ideas as long at they fit under the “Big top”

Michelle, Thanks. I’ll bet this is similar to what you use. You must also have a flat one for curves for the negative space pieces…....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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vanzemaljac

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 08:35 PM

Good conceptual design, very practical and useful for precise work, thanks for the idea …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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dobiewon

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#8 posted 09-12-2012 09:08 PM

Thank you for the great idea. It’s on my to-do list.

-- dobiewon

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Oldtool

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#9 posted 09-12-2012 10:41 PM

Nice tool, well designed.

-- "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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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 09-12-2012 11:00 PM

Well I finished the stops today. I made then out of 1/4 Lexan so I can see through them. They have adjustment slots and a dual pattern of holes so they can be moved even further that the slot allows. I needed them thin so they can clear the spring towers son the plunge router,

Here is what I came up with to limit the travel of the router in both directions:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 09-12-2012 11:54 PM

Looking good Jim, when is the first project due to be posted.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 01:53 AM

G’day, Bob,
Not for a while. I’m winding down and getting some maple ready for another wine stopper rack that just got ordered. It won’t get done until November or so. I go in next Tuesday for a left knee replacement. I have cleaned up the shop in the barn so the lathe is done for a few months. I’ll flatten the maple and the join it to get the width and get back at it later this year, I hope.
This weekend I’m going to Cedar Point with my daughter to ride roller coasters all day and night. We do that every year.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dusty56

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#13 posted 09-13-2012 03:42 AM

Very nice, Jim. Great pictures and blog : )

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DaveGlx

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#14 posted 09-13-2012 05:35 AM

The major fault of this jug is that its too slick :)
Seriously Jim. Just to source all those materials like clear Lexan, fancy knobs and nuts, steel and aluminium its an art by itself.
You are a true champ mate. Fantastic design and superb execution.

-- Dave -

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-13-2012 12:16 PM

G’day, Dave. I had everything laying around my shop except the knobs. I had to buy them at Menards . If I didn’t have all this stuff, I probably would not have made it. I buy stuff when I feel it is a good deal and might use it some day. I got a 3’ x3’ sheet of Lexan for almost nothing and have cut into it for lots of projects. If I went to by it, it would be about $100. The aluminum is free and the steel was left over from another job. I actually had to weld beads onto the steel plate because it was 1/4” x 1 1/2” and the width of my ways on the lathe is 1.545”, so I welded it up and milled it to fit the lathe pretty snug.
...........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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