|Forum topic by Sandra||posted 12-28-2015 10:50 PM||2498 views||1 time favorited||93 replies|
12-28-2015 10:50 PM
Original message is below….
Well shut the front door! While I’d like to give credit to whoever gave me the idea, I surfed so much youtube that I don’t know who to thank. I was trying to come up with a better way of oiling the clothes pin halves.
First some pieces of pine to keep the pins tumbling. Attached through the outside of the bucket with screws
Then casters on a piece of ply
Then a bolt through the lid from the inside out, leaving the end of the bolt sticking out
Then filled the bucket about 1/2 full with clothespins. The ‘tumbling medium’ was three tampons (sorry gents) with the strings cut off soaked in mineral oil.
Then put the lid on, chucked the end of the bolt into the drill. Clamped the drill to the vise and then used another clamp to keep the drill running on low speed in reverse.
And about 6 minutes later – very lightly oiled pins.
Here’s what I’ve come up with
And here it is in action:
The frame is out of pine and 2×4s. I didn’t want to use hardwood until I worked out any problems with the design and saw whether it worked or not. The plates sit on rails and can move back and forth toward or away from the fence. There is a small gap between the fence and the plates to allow the sawdust to get through. I already know that I need the surface to the far right of the routers to be longer. Other than that I’m open to suggestions. It works well, but probably after this next clothespin season I’ll redo it into a proper cabinet.
I’m not sure whether I need a feather board or not…. Any thoughts?
I make four passes with three different bits on my router table for each blank that gets turned into clothespins. (number of pins per blank depends on width). That means a lot of bit changes and adjusting.
So I’ve been thinking about getting a second hand router. Which led to thinking about a second table, which led to thinking about…. well you know how it goes.
So here’s the idea I need feedback on
WHAT IF, I built a router table with several routers (always lots on kijiji) . The fence would be fixed (as in not expensive), but the router plates (like these: http://www.elitetools.ca/en/product/phenolic-router-plate/ ) would be placed at various distances from the fence according to which groove was being routed.
So could it be done in such a way that I could run the blank across several router bits, one after another? Because the blanks are a fixed length, I could us feather boards…..
What do you think? What problems can you think of?
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.