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knurlesnburls

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02-15-2011 09:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool lathe router

A couple years ago, I was foolish enough to show my friend a neat looking tool I had seen in a pawn shop and talked him into buying it. I was hoping that one day he’d let me use it, but before i got the chance, he moved away. I didn’t know at the time that it was a router lathe. Ever since, I’ve been trying to find one for myself, and am learning that they are becoming a bit of a rarity. If there is anyone out there who has one of these and is willing to part with it, or knows where to get one, could you please let me know?? I live in Canada, and would be willing to pay shipping to get it here! thanks!

Simon

-- Simon - Who needs a plan!? I see something in my mind, perfect it's design, plan it's construction, and build it.


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#1 posted 02-15-2011 09:09 PM

Look for the Craftsman RouterCrafter. They seem to be selling for erratic
prices on Ebay – sometimes high, sometimes low.

There’s also a ShopNotes designed one you can make yourself.
http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/115/videos/router-milling-machine-video/

There’s always the Woodchuck/Legacy mill, but it’s kind of spendy to get
a new one. I’ve seen a few used ones sell real cheap.

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 09:17 PM

Simon I know where one of the Craftsman router crafters is, but I don’t think it’s for sale. This one is 22 years old and still hasn’t been out of the box. Go to this page and the middle pic has one in the box.

http://lumberjocks.com/BobG/workshop

Although it isn’t for sale but if I have one there has to be others that do also.

Good luck in your search.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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childress

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 09:33 PM

you could also buy a new one. Legacy makes an ornamental mill

I am sure it’s a lot more pricey than what you’re looking for though….

Edit: noticed after posting this that Loren mentioned it already :)

-- Childress Woodworks

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 09:57 PM

Hello Simon,
I know the Sears unit that you are looking for, but I believe that there is a much more versatile machine available to you. Please take a look at the unit on the cover of ShopNotes, Vol. 20 Issue 115 which is still on the magazine stands right now in my area. The article covers how to build your own Router Milling Machine, and all of the plans for the detailed parts are available for free download from the ShopNotes web site. This unit offers much more than the simple spiral cut of the Sears one, and looking at your project that you have on LJ, construction should be no problem for you. I’m looking at building one for myself, but there are a few other projects in line ahead of it.
Best regards.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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knurlesnburls

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 10:13 PM

Thanks you guys, I appreciate your help!

-- Simon - Who needs a plan!? I see something in my mind, perfect it's design, plan it's construction, and build it.

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 12:04 AM

I have the revo ornamental mill. It works great. I also have a router crafter from back in the day, it worked OK…some backlash after a while. I have been wanting to do some spirals on some oblong turnings. These only do rounds. I’m adapting the router crafrter to work on the revo so that it will ride on the drive carriage from the pipe connection side but pivot up and down along the oval turning with a depth gauge. This router milling machine looks interesting….wonder if it can be made to do cnc?

-- Larry

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 01:07 AM

You mean like this one, Larry?

-- Childress Woodworks

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Larry Nowicki

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 01:18 AM

Yea but not that elaborate. My son-in-law built a small cnc router table and it didn’t last long before backlash got the best of it. This model looks a lot sturdier and would probably do better. Maybe even cast the gears in aluminum

-- Larry

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 02:30 AM

Bob I have to ask. If you haven’t used it every in 22 years, why isn’t it for sale?

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 07:09 PM

is there a pdf file fopr all the parts so I can have my son-in-law cut them out on his cnc router table???

-- Larry

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#11 posted 02-17-2011 07:30 PM

Hi Larry (and everyone else),
I assume that you are asking about the plans for the ShopNotes unit that I mentioned earlier. If that is the case, you should go to . . . http://www.shopnotes.com/extras/ . . . and under the January 2011 – Issue 115, you will find the links to the “Milling Machine Patterns and Setup” (download in Pdf), and also to 4 demo videos from the “Router Milling Machine Video” link. The videos can be downloaded using RealPlayer Downloader, and then converted to iPod format if you want to have them in a more portable format. So, how do I get my parts done by your son-in-law?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 02-17-2011 07:41 PM

Hi Jack;

I originally bought it with the intention of doing ornamental turning. Until the wife at that time said she wanted a divorce and all plans went out the window.

I guess I still hope to put it to use, of course I can’t compete with CNC but i can do small jobs. I am now getting the shop a little more organized and will be doing some work this summer. Had to move my equipment from Michigan to Arkansas. In the divorce she got the lathe and dust collector and a lot of rough sawn wood and some hand tools. Most of it she didn’t know how to turn on! Took 2 years to get a divorce decree signed.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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knurlesnburls

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#13 posted 02-17-2011 10:30 PM

The shopnotes DIY model is really cool! I’m looking forward to getting started on building one for myself. I found this link to download the whole issue #115 with the milling machine.

http://www.magazinedown.com/ShopNotes-Issue--115--January-February-2011-_35051.html

-- Simon - Who needs a plan!? I see something in my mind, perfect it's design, plan it's construction, and build it.

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#14 posted 02-28-2011 04:22 AM

I was at my local library and checked out the book Router Magic by Bill Hylton. They have a router lathe in there that anyone can build. It’s very close to the Ornimental Mill. I plan on building this this year. See if they have this book at your library or book store.

-- Al Hart

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 09:37 PM

Knurlesnburls Hello friend, I found surfing the internet in en alibaba site, the address of the manufacturer, also was looking, and I share with you good luck and good buy, I submit the manufacturer, Qingdao Bright Machinery Co., Ltd.

Nombre de la company: Qingdao Bright Machinery Co., Ltd.
Address Contact: Site 1018, Mansion del comercio exterior of Shandong, No. 18, Baoding camino
City: Qingdao
Province / State: Shandong
Country / Region: China (Mainland)
Postal Code: 266001
Telephone: 86-532-82825592,82858818
Fax: 86-532-82858828
Website: http://www.brmgroup.com.cn

-- www. woodworkernazuto.com

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