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03-11-2017 03:55 PM

Hi all
I`m looking for someone that owns the safety speed cut panel router. I am going to do a DIY panel router for
my shop. I`ve done some design work in Fusion 360. There is only one aspect that is difficult to engineer.
It seems since plywood isn`t always flat that the safety speed router has a floating base. This compensates
for a warped surface and allows the router to contact the surface uniformly.
I was hoping someone has the safety speed cut router and could provide a better view or details on the design.
I do have my own idea but at the moment am not certain about its feasibility.

Regards Barry

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/


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#1 posted 03-11-2017 06:02 PM

Good luck

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 06:57 PM

I don’t have a safety speed router, but I do have a Vertical Panel Router.
Here are some pics of the base if it well help with any ideas.
The carriage swings in and out and the base is tapered on all 4 sides so that it’s a small footprint that rides against the panel.

Side View:

Top View:

-- If anyone would like to see my Portfolio, PM me and I would be glad to send you the link.

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 07:03 PM

I used linear bearings for the floating shoe
of my panel saw. Works well.

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 07:51 PM

Hi
Your machine is yellow and blue is that a Hef Saf panel router. I used that machine in a shop 20 years
ago. But don`t remember the machine details.

Barry

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/

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#5 posted 03-11-2017 08:38 PM

Everyone, Thanks for the pictures. I`d be interested to hear if you find your panel router a big help in the shop.

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/

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#6 posted 03-11-2017 09:26 PM

20 years ago the panel router was new technology- now I have switched to a CNC As for the panel “saw” 20 years and still a very useful tool in my shop.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 03-12-2017 12:54 AM

Hi Desert_Woodworker

I`m looking at the pictures you provided. Is the base under the router fixed or is it moveable. There is
a lever to drop the router with what looks like a spring. I`m wondering if the router gets it floating feature
from the spring on the lever. Am wondering if you would check for me. Much appreciated. Thanks for the pics.
Just cannot figure it out from the pics.

Barry

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/

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#8 posted 03-12-2017 01:07 AM


20 years ago the panel router was new technology- now I have switched to a CNC As for the panel “saw” 20 years and still a very useful tool in my shop.

- Desert_Woodworker

LOL, I was using a Her-Saf panel router in 1977

Yes golash, it is a Her Saf
I find it convenient to do certain tasks,
But definitely not the greatest machine for the amount of space it takes.
One thing I like it for is squaring up factory edges on sheet goods. Can’t always depend on factory edges being square.

-- If anyone would like to see my Portfolio, PM me and I would be glad to send you the link.

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#9 posted 03-12-2017 03:04 AM

1st to Jay – I’m glad that you had a laugh. But in a historical perspective the Holz… was more or less a commercial product. SSC came out with a product that could be used and afforded from a hobbyist to a commercial shop, which could afford the “extras”. Example, the router attachment, which it was, marketed towards sign makers…”
As for the photos, think of it as a plunge router, when it “drops’ it stays there. Any adjustments are done manually with the router.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 11:25 AM

Hi Jbay

I hope this isn`t asking too much. But could you measure the thickness overall, edge thickness and the length
of the taper for your Hef Saf plastic router base? I was going to do a private message but it seems new
members are not allowed.

Regards Barry

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/

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#11 posted 03-21-2017 01:47 PM

No Problem golash.
The Base is 7×7 x 1/2. It tapers into a 2×3 1/2” square. The sides are 1/8” before the taper starts.
Actually on the Panel router it is made in 2 halves but I will give you dimensions for the overall.
A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Here it is in the 2 halves as it is on my machine.

Just let me know if you need anything else.

-- If anyone would like to see my Portfolio, PM me and I would be glad to send you the link.

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#12 posted 03-21-2017 01:52 PM

Hi Jbay
Wow…that was extremely helpful. You are on the money when you mentioned a picture is worth 1000 words.
Again….you`ve been a great help!

Regards Barry

-- Barry Golash, Northampton Ma, http://www.woodsolutions.com/

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