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Jordan Moore

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08-28-2015 03:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander router

Hi everyone, I was curious to see if anyone had any ideas or insight for me. My dad found a router at a garage sale for free, and he gave it to me. It works, but the body of it is kind of broken, and it’s not in the greatest shape. Plus I already have a router. I was wondering if there would be any way to use the motor from the router to make a belt sander or anything else? It’s a Ryobi, I believe 1 HP. I didn’t know if that would be powerful enough for a sander. Also, I didn’t know if the RPMs would be a problem. It seems to me like a router spins at a much higher speed than you would want for a sander. Anyways, I was just curious to see what you thought. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"


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lew

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 04:43 PM

I made one of these from ShopNotes issue 121

http://www.shopnotes.com/plans/router-jig-router-lift/

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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DanK

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 04:48 PM

Check out www.woodgears.ca.
He built a pantorouter and a horizontal boring machine using routers.

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Jordan Moore

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 05:27 PM

Thanks to both of you. Some of that stuff looks a little over my head haha. I guess you have to start somewhere.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 07:52 PM

Well above all, DONT throw it away. Put it on a shelf and one day you’ll be scrolling thru the Internet and you’ll see where somebody has used an old router for “something”.... Trust me, you’ll be SO MUCH happier to say ”Hey, I’ve got an old router sitting on my shelf” … rather than to hear yourself saying ”Dang! I threw away that old router and it would have been perfect for this.”

Oh yeah … WELCOME to LJs !

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Jordan Moore

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 09:22 PM

Haha, I’m not going to throw it away, but I can’t just hang on to everything. Thank you very much

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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#6 posted 08-28-2015 09:27 PM

Goat any pictures of it?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 08-28-2015 09:31 PM

Is it in good enough shape to be mounted in a router table???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 09:35 PM

You could use it for a disc sander if you get a variable speed control, (HF $19.95). That will reduce the speed for sanding. The shaft on that router is probably 1/4”, so you would be able to use only a small disc, maybe 6” dia. You might also be able to rig a belt/pulley setup to spin a larger disc. If the router had a 1/2” collet, that would be great.

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Jordan Moore

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#9 posted 08-28-2015 09:43 PM

Here’s a few. Really? Thats pretty cheap. What does it do, just drop the voltage? I’m pretty sure its 1/4”. Still, a 6” disc sander would be better than no disc sander.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 08-29-2015 12:33 AM

What’s broke? It looks like a 1/4 inch shank. If it works, it could be used as a flush trim router or maybe use it with a round over bit to ease the edges on your projects.

If sparks aren’t flying and you don’t feel a tingle, you should be good to go.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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bearkatwood

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#11 posted 08-29-2015 12:51 AM

Using it for a sander wouldn’t work. Too fast, but if you could affix it to a base of some type you could make a sort of jog out of it.

-- Brian Noel

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canadianchips

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#12 posted 08-29-2015 12:53 AM

You can buy replacement base plates if your concerned about large opening.
As MT_Stringer said, you can use it for round over, beads, etc. Put the router bit in and leave it. You wont have to swap back and forth every time you want different profile.
Check out A1 Jim. I think he said he has over 20+ routers.
I know I have a LOT !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 08-29-2015 02:19 AM



Haha, I m not going to throw it away, but I can t just hang on to everything. Thank you very much

- Jordan Moore

Huh? I swear you can. ;)

Do you have a jointer? If not, a router with a nice long 1” bit mounted horizontally with offset in/out feed tables does a great job jointing glue lines. I keep an old router with a flush trim bit always in it for flushing up laminated panels. You could dedicate it to a dado jig too. Put a big bottom cleaning bit in it and build a sled to plane boards flat. There are tons of things you can do depending on the work you do. A sander, isn’t one of the better ones. Sorry. RPMs too high. You’d need about 10:1 pulley reduction, a belt and an arbor. The speed controller will get your speed down but you’ll loose torque with it and probably stall the sander more often than not.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 08-29-2015 11:38 AM



Haha, I m not going to throw it away, but I can t just hang on to everything. Thank you very much

- Jordan Moore

Oh yes you can….....;-)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Jordan Moore

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#15 posted 08-29-2015 01:06 PM

Thanks for all the input guys, I’ve got a lot of ideas now! I don’t have a jointer or a planer.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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