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Cutting out a wooden chain using the Router Mill

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Project by Mark55 posted 02-12-2013 09:14 PM 2448 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have carved wooden chains before and it is a time consuming but rewarding project. I wanted to see if I could rough one out on my router mill. I was able to pretty easily although the links are a little square. It was somewhat experimental and only took about 30 minutes Now I just need to make a big wood key for it.

For those of you that have followed my router mill posts I am not using the new machine I developed because someone locally bought it from me. The old one still works but not as nice as the new one. Thanks for looking.

I made a small highly edited video of it to help avoid boredom of a router cutting. LOL! If you would like to check it out here is the link.

http://youtu.be/rx_1K75fBV4":http://youtu.be/rx_1K75fBV4

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com





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WoodenFrog

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 10:24 PM

Neat-O!!! Great video too…

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 11:43 PM

Eat your heart out, Steve Ramsey!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Mark55

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 02:14 AM

Dan,
I didn’t know what you meant about Steve Ramsey until I saw his wood chain on you tube. I guess I accepted his challenge and did not even know it. LOL!

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 02:22 AM

Great video Mark (although the length could have been edited) That’s exactly the way I cut mine out except that I used a drill, coping saw and dremmel to cut the links and a knife to finish it. What i was in awe of and want instructions on is that robotic router set up. I’ve already made the chain. yea to DanK. Seems dishonest to make a jig to cut oval rings so that you can split them and glue em back together.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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Mark55

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#5 posted 02-13-2013 02:38 AM

Jim, I know what you mean about the video. I am new to editing but I wanted to put it in fast motion with some music but I did not have that editing capability. LOL!
I LOVE the chain you did. That is old school way of doing it. You have to be proud of that. When you look at something like that as a craftsman you know how hard it is and can really appreciate it.
If you look at some of my other projects and videos you will see the whole machine I built that was used to make that chain.

-- Mark, Newton, NC. www.routermillwoodworks.weebly.com

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Jim Sellers

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#6 posted 02-13-2013 01:41 PM

Thanks Mark. Yea that is really an impressive piece of hand made machinery. Much bigger and complex than I first imagined. Might still put it on my bucket list and try to build one in the future.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 02-13-2013 03:23 PM

That is cool well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 04:56 PM

well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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