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Project by Jim posted 09-17-2012 03:40 AM 4833 views 37 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have it working pretty well. I still need to add the pneumatic clamp setup. I also need to build the rolling base to put it on and keep it out of the way when not in use. The overall dimensions are 14w x 32l x 13h. Accept for the stop blocks and a few other small parts, it all 3/4in ply (mostly BB). The router is a 2hp Bosch and works well for this setup. Here are a few pictures from the project:

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN





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#1 posted 09-17-2012 04:09 AM

Very nice set-up : )

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 11:30 AM

Neat!

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 12:47 PM

Jim,
Very nice set up.
The detent is clever, very neat.
Please do show the completed project.

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#4 posted 09-17-2012 03:26 PM

Great looking router table. You will find a lot of uses for it.

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#5 posted 09-17-2012 04:27 PM

Great looking multi router project. Looks professionally made. Those linear bearings must have cost a pretty penny.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 09-17-2012 06:03 PM

Great setup. Agreed, looks professional.

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#7 posted 09-17-2012 09:46 PM

Jim:

Nice!

When you have nothing better to do, could you provide a metal hardware parts-list? There are a number of items which I’m not familiar with, such as the 4 ‘blocks’ on the router holder – for lack of better terms.

Thanks, MJCD

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Jim

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 03:22 AM

MJCD:

Thanks, the blocks on the router plate are “Linear Bearings”. You can find them on eBay. Search for “SBR16UU”. The round rods the bearings run on was a bit harder to track down. They ended up shipping from China directly. The bearings run about $10 each but the rods were nearly $20 each.

I used linear bearing slides for the X/Y axis. Search eBay for “THK-FBW-FBW2560R”. These worked really well with no slop at all. I did have to cut them down to 14in from the orginal 20in.

The other block back on the router plate is just a piece of Jatoba with a 3/8in T-Nut epoxied in which serves to move the router up & down with the hand crank. BTW, I decided to go with 3/8×16tpi rod so I would get even fractions of an inch with each turn (1 full turn == 1/16in). With 8 equal stops on the wheel, I get 1/128in per stop. That’s a plenty fine adjustment. My only wish I still have would be a way to “quick” disconnect the threaded rod so I can use the lever to move the Z axis by hand. I’m thinking something like a screw vise quick release but in 3/8in. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Jim

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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Jim

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 03:28 AM

Next up for this project:

1) A roll-around cart
2) Build out the pneumatic clamps. I’ll post my build notes once I get it going.
3) Use the heck out of it. Once I get it fully done, I think I’ll have wife take a video clip so I can show how it works.

Jim

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 04:03 AM

That looks better than the ones you can buy! The linear bearings set it a cut above.

Are there bearings on the table?

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 04:19 AM

Great build.

What do you use for the pneumatic clamps?

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#12 posted 09-18-2012 05:51 AM

Real machine.Even factory manufacturer couldn’t make better than this.I’m sure it will serve you well for long time.

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Jim

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#13 posted 09-18-2012 06:20 AM

@lanwater: I bought 2 pnuematic cylinders similar to these. The 1/8in host & fittings are normally used for air brushing, but should work in this usage also. The cylinders are rated at 10bar (which is approx 145psi) at max pressure. I’ll run them regulated much lower.

@oldnovice: The slides have linear bearing runners. The ball bearings run in an enclosed oval pathway. They worked great for this project.

Jim

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#14 posted 09-18-2012 07:57 AM

Now that is the way to build a multi router!

Thanks Jim!

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 03:47 AM

Thanks Jim.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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