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01-05-2011 11:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopnotes router flutes spirals tapers coves complicated

I received the latest ShopNotes (Vol. 20 Issue 115) the other day, and as usual, I’ve looked through it a few times and marked things I want to try later. But, there are a few projects in this issue that just seem way over my head (no rude comments here, please) – like the “Router Milling Machine”. The “Cutoffs” article on page three says, “But I’ll be honest, trying to explain how to build and use this unique project with just a few paragraphs of text, some detailed art, and a sequence of photographs was a big challenged.To give you a better idea, we’ve put together a short video of how it works at”..... Of course, I guess someone has to subscribe to their on-line mag to be able to take a look at this gem. I know there’s a lot of LJs that receive this magazine. What do you guys think?
- SY

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 11:19 PM

I saw that thing and my head hurt. I am busy making toys, clocks, and simple woodworking projects and being happy as a clam. That router milling machine is beyond me at this point… But practice makes perfect they say!

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 11:25 PM

Hey JJ,

I just watched some of the videos, and I don’t subscribe to the mag or the website. It’s kind of crazy cool, but wow, I certainly don’t want one.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 11:27 PM

Steve…. Well, there you go, I can’t even find a film clip, much less try to build something like this. Could you post the link for me please?
- SY

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 11:35 PM

Thanks Steve. I looked at the first clip and will be going back to check out the other ones. I know it would be possible to build, but like db said, there would be a lot of head pain….... But, can you imagine all that you could do with this thing…
- SY

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 11:38 PM

I received my copy of the magazine on Saturday, and I should be finishing up my version of the router milling machine this weekend.

I also have some stock in the Brooklyn bridge to sell, if anyone is interested.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 11:40 PM

I built my first CNC machine in a weekend…..

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 11:49 PM

thats a cool lathe, looks to me like a shop built legacy.

Charlie – I’ll trade you with some stocks in salt ocean water that I bought some years back

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 12:05 AM

Sears was selling a machine like this in the 60’s
One could probably find a ‘never” used one

-- Bert

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#10 posted 01-06-2011 12:09 AM

That’s a cool jig – and not really that complicated.

The Legacy adds a 3rd axis that lets it do some additional things.

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#11 posted 01-06-2011 12:26 AM

Juniorjock, if you’re anything like me a lot of these projects kind make your head hurt when you first read through them. Once I commit to building something though, and tackle one problem at a time, it usually turns out to be easier than I first thought.

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 12:36 AM

There is no way that I will attempt that project. However, it does not bother me that ShopNotes included this project. I don’t expect every project to be right for me. Essentially, if I get 1 project and/or a couple of tips I can use in a magazine I’m satisfied.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 12:55 AM

Sears did sell this back in the 70’s. I still have mine. Used it once for fluting. This was a lot easier to set up and use than what ShopNotes is explaining. No dials, no gears, just one crank handle. My manual disappeared a long time ago.

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 01:09 AM

I also have a Sears router crafter that does this! I tried it a few times trying to taper dowels for canes and carve spirals…..decided it was quicker for me to do the spirals by hand. This machine seems a lot sturdier than my router-crafter, but it sure was a painful way to round up your stock. I like watching the gears thoough!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 01:15 AM

If you want to see how a router crafter works, check out the YouTube video demonstration.

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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