Home made multi-router

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Project by Hank56 posted 06-16-2013 08:09 AM 8781 views 63 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everybody, first post. I saw one of the machines at a shop and I decided I need to have one. I studied the plans and with a little of reverse engineering and alot of thinking I was able to make this fully functional multi router. The machine will cut any variation on mortise and tenon, through dovetail and box joint. Its also pretty hany for making stop dados. All of the X,Y,Z directions have limit stops to fit whatever size joint I’m triing to make. The bed tilts to a 45 degree angle for angled motises and multi angle box joints. I integrated in a dust collection schute, and man this thing needs it. Thanks for looking and more to come.

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 09:43 AM

1st, let me welcome you to LJ’s..2nd, zowie that is one terrific first post! Amazing build. I am jealous of your abilities. Hope to see more of your work.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 12:00 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. That is an amazing rig, congrats on a job well done!

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 12:17 PM

Great Looking Thanks a tonne for sharing it on this Forum.


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#4 posted 06-16-2013 12:23 PM

Very nice! Couple of questions?

o Did you Sketchup this first?

o How much travel do you have in X, Y, and Z?

o Where did you get the linear bearings and gas strut?

o How much did it cost?

Anyway, it looks like a very nice job.

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 02:38 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.
That’s a serious piece of machinery, any chance of a blog or better yet a video to show its capabilities?
Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 03:32 PM

I agree with a video. Beautiful work.

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

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 03:40 PM

Really nice, I too would be interested in more information. I know this is a huge project and you could probably dedicate an entire website to it. However a video showing it in action would be awesome.

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 04:04 PM

This is amazing. Can it follow templates like its metal counterpart? Also, how much did the linear ball bearings cost you and were did you get them?

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Michael Wilson

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 04:14 PM

Awesome! Yeah, more build details please.

Plus, what was the original you used for inspiration? I’ve either never seen one of whatever it was or you’ve modified the original idea beyond my recognition.

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#10 posted 06-16-2013 04:35 PM

Hello and Welcome

I agree this the other guys

A fantastic tool but more details please and yeah a video to show us all your talent

Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 06-16-2013 04:36 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. This is an outstanding first post. You will soon discover that most all of us are suckers for DIY woodworking tools and jigs. Keep up the innovation!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 04:41 PM

That’s a outstanding build,great job.Before I bought my Multi-router I made a shop built version of my own that worked fine ,but it looked like something the Flintstones would have used ,yours is a work of art.

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#13 posted 06-16-2013 05:09 PM

Wow, awesome first post, and clearly the best reverse engineered Multi router I have ever seen. This is on my bucket list, please share some more build details!

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#14 posted 06-16-2013 07:24 PM


google suggests that the conventional wisdom multi router is the JDS brand, and the videos on the JDS web site are fairly self-explanatory, but I’m in awe, like the other LJ’s, at your industriousness. Now I wanna see someone make it with drawer slides…

Best – Gary

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. — 
Sir Wilfred Grenfell

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#15 posted 06-16-2013 09:34 PM

excellent job

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