updated pics; router edge guide/trammel jig

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Project by wrightly posted 03-09-2013 02:35 AM 9147 views 29 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If these pics didn’t turn out alright then I give up….
This was a unique looking jig that I just had to give a go. i’ve only gotten as far as building it. haven’t got to try it out yet.
On one end you have a trammel, on the other end you have an edge guide. The middle is the base for the router. You can see in the pics (well hopefully anyway) that each main component can be adjusted along the bars. I chose the aluminum type because I felt like steel would be really heavy. The bars sit in a V-groove, and each side of each component has “clamp pads.” i used some 1/4” knobs and from a long piece of 1/4” threaded rod; cut them to size and epoxied the knobs to them.
I normally try to make my own knobs, but their were so many, I actually bought them this go around.
there is a small strip of hardboard that sits in a groove on each end. in the 4th pic of just the trammel end, you can see it.
On the edge guide, i used edge banding to help it ride along edges easier, and i did tinker with that a sec to see how it would do, and it runs along edges very nice.
on the 3rd pic that shows the bottom of the jig, you can see all of the tnuts that were recessed to hold the knobs/threaded rod.
the only problem i ran into was; i had to mount the router a little crooked instead of parallel with the jig. I do not think it will be an issue though.
if anyone had any questions about the jig, i’ll be more than happy to try and answer them for you.
this was a fun little project and i hope the pics turned out okay in this one. That is the only reason I posted this project twice, cause the pics were not very good on the last one.

if you got this far, thanks for reading

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 08:03 AM

hello Writhly.

Thank you for posting. Good work. I added it to my faforites.


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#2 posted 03-09-2013 02:00 PM

A well built jig. It shows a lot of time and effort went into this. This came at a good time. I have to make a circle jig. The circle needs to have a perfect fit. With the standard fixed pin you can’t adjust the size a few thousands. Making a jig with the rails I will be able to sneak up on the correct size. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 02:42 PM

Very nice work. I can think of may uses for this one.

Thanks for sharing it.

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 02:47 PM

hi dutchy. thankyou

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 02:48 PM

hi dutchy. thankyou

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 02:52 PM

489tad, thankyou. one guy mentioned building the same thing, but instead of the bars, he used square pieces of wood. that is a good idea. and probably cheaper than the bars.
one helpful tidbit for you. if you look at each sid of the jig that has the knobs and v groove, i made all of this into one big piece. cut the v-groove down each side of the “Long piece” and then cut them all to size. that way everything lined up really nice. not sure if that made sense. if you have any questions, feel free to yell at me and i’d be glad to help. thanks

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 02:57 PM

Nice jigs and very good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 02:59 PM

thanks, billinGA i’ve thought about making some different ends and using it as a surfacing jig.

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#9 posted 03-10-2013 02:44 AM

Hey Mike…..your wife did a fine job with those pics….plumb professional looking job. Couple of talented folks living at your house it seems.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-10-2013 02:59 AM

thanks buster, she is very talented, and quite the looker i might add. she’s really something else. she didn’t really quite know what to get in the pics, but it all worked out. she won’t let me touch her camera, hahaha. i’ve about got the pin router jig i showed you finished. i went out and got some steel pieces today that go here and there. i’ve never really worked with steel, so it’s been new on that end. i’ll post em up when i get it done. i’m REALLY excited about this one, really excited. after this one’s done, i’m gonna start focusing on some projects cause my shop should be at about full capacity as far as jigs, tools, wood, etc. can’t wait to get this one finished. you might want to consider the overarm pin router thingy at some point. it’s a template routing expert, and with the router over your work, its like having an upside down router table with all of the benefits of getting to see your cuts, shaping easier. it’s not as hard as it appears (building it). i’ve put it off cause i didn’t have a drill press, but that’s not an issue now :) thanks

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 03:28 PM

Nice looking jig. I would like to see some pics of it in action.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#12 posted 08-29-2013 02:27 AM

Very nice jig—sorry I missed it before, but this time I was specifically searching for a router trammel and found yours. You given me an idea on how to solve my quest.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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