router edge guide/trammel jig

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Project by wrightly posted 03-07-2013 12:46 AM 4838 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this jig today, and have yet to try it out.
it has a plywood platform in the center that supports the router/plunge base, a trammel on one end, and an edge guide on the opposite end. All three components can be adjusted. i used aluminum bars (i think) for the jig. i used a v-groove bit throughout the sides of the jig to house the bars.
i actually bought knobs for this one cause there was so many. i used t nuts where the threaded rods/knobs are located.
the one problem i encounted; the base that supports the router was too small to mount my router parallel with the jig. you can see in the picture its mounted cock-eyed… but really don’t think it will be an issue.
i think the pics for the most part will be telling of how this thing works and all.
i’m not sure how it’s going to perform, but all in all it wasn’t too difficult to make.
it’s not my design, i can’t remember what magazine i got the plans from.
this jig is suppose to excel at making curved moldings. hope to try it out soon
thanks for reading, if you got this far


-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 01:16 AM

Would love to see it in action. Can you repost the phots as the ones on there now are super small.

-- Harold

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 02:12 AM

Hey Mike, that looks very scientifical….lol The thing I find the most impressive is how well all the components of that there jig are cut out and shaped….super impressve job bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 02:36 AM

Ditto: Small photos,
Can’t see the details

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 12:55 PM

could you post smaller pics, would really like to check this out

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 02:57 PM

elmoSr, yep…. i apologize for the photos. i only have my phone to take the pics, and it looks good on my phone, but when i download them to the computer it turns out like that.
my wife is a photographer, i’m gonna have her do some pics for me today…. good ones.
i’m still on the fence as to whether or not this jig will be worthwhile, or if it would be just as good if not better to make an edge guide (or buy one), and a shop made (or bought) trammel.
the trammel action on this one is limited to the size of the bars of course.
i think it will be good for curved moldings… i think it has potential
and now that i think about it, i could get longer bars to increase its capabilities.
i did put edge banding on the piece for the edge guide, and it rides an edge very smooth.
will post new pics ASAP….

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 03:03 PM

thanks buster, i appreciate it. if it were all metal, none of it would have fit together, hahahaha that’s why i like woodworking for me in particular. i feel sometimes that i don’t build anything….. it’s a process of fixing a series of mistakes, haha congrats on that daily top 3 on that sled. my wife still hasn’t brought home any random wood that i can use on a project. still envious on that one. oh well, maybe one day,

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 01:13 AM

I made one of these also and expanded its usefulness with additional parts. I used square tubes instead of rods because I didn’t think the rods were stiff enough. I made mine a good deal longer.
It is useful now for surfacing, trimming through tenons or other stuff that sticks up. I’m sure it can do tricks I haven’t even thought of yet.
Yes, it was a magazine article that started this, but I’d have to research it to find it.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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