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Project by steve6678 posted 10-21-2012 09:51 PM 3871 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took me quite a while, without drawing and scrounging around my shop and cellar for parts.
My objective was to build without spending a cent, except for router base.
Well I did it, no $ spent.
All, (mostly Oak scraps from dismantled cabinets), parts from a shower rod ceiling mount, rack n pinion from a 1966 Sears Craftsman TS fence for “Z” movement. There’s a lot more to it, you can ask questions if ya want. It works PERFECT. Precise, fluid movements, XY&Z. Repeatable. The only improvement I want to add is more hold down flexibility for thicker stock…TODAY I added Dust Collection, post a pic layta. Thanks.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!





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#1 posted 10-21-2012 11:45 PM

great job

-- Joel

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 11:56 PM

Nice work, and little to no cost! Would love to see a video of this in action!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 12:07 AM

I built a shop made multi-router that I used for years ,yours looks nicer than mine but mine worked great. Unlike you I bought some fairly expensive parts for mine. nice job and great cost control.

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 10:26 AM

wow! I priced a commercial unit, and it’s 2900.00.. good 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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#5 posted 10-22-2012 05:25 PM

It’s always nice to learn something from projects like this one. My goal is to built one because I need it and real one is to expensive for hobby woodworkes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 07:06 PM

Thanks all!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 01:12 AM

Nice one Steve.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 12:34 PM

From one Masshole to another , welcome to LJs : )
Very well done and useful machine , Steve !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 11-03-2012 11:54 PM

Ha ha ha ha, yes…Mass-hole! ha
Thanks bud!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#10 posted 11-04-2012 07:12 PM

Steve , I’ve seen several of the MHole bumper stickers out here on the West Coast (of MA) LOL…
I don’t know if they’re statewide or not , as I don’t travel much due to this ankle bracelet : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-04-2012 11:38 PM

new pics on hard maple

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 01:52 AM

Made a new table-top today, with 4 rows of “T” track, trying to improve hold down capabilities.
I found, and seen another guy use these hold downs for his mortiser.
I need beefy hold down. I mortise big stuff sometimes, also, any Ideas of a outfeed platform with roller type “balls” that would rol in all directions, maybe 12”x12” to set out towards the near end of a long piece that needs propping up and to be able to move left to right and front to back…like a rack of pool balls, maybe square…hmmm????
See pic of hold down, shop fox, has a T slot in it to reverse add, a T bolt to tighten down to T tracks.
I’ll post a pic of the T track addition soon.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 11:12 PM

Very impressive. I am going to have a go at one of these soon. When you pull the handle, the table comes to the router? The mortices in that end grain look perfect. Do you need a collet extension on that or are those spiral upcut bits long enough?

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#14 posted 11-07-2012 11:18 PM

Nope, no collet extension…I upgraded the machine…PICS coming in about 10 minutes, real good stuff, check back, 10 mins.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#15 posted 11-07-2012 11:26 PM

NEW – Improvements:
Table…w/T Tracks…Vac attachmnt…shop made hold downs (pretty proud of these)

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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