Lateral movement router jig/table?

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Forum topic by JoelSuraci posted 09-27-2011 06:02 AM 4163 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2011 06:02 AM

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it before, but now after 3 hours of google with no success, I submit, and seek the knowledge of any of the wise one’s on this forum.
I am looking for something very similar to a router CNC, minus the automatic part – so basically a jig, or table top with lateral slides that allows smooth X and Y movement along rails, using ball bearings or something similar. Basically I am looking for a stable hold for freestyle routing on a larger area than the width of the router base itself. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-27-2011 11:32 PM

Do a search here on Lumberjocks for “router planer sled” and I think you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 11:57 PM

maybe the legacy ornamental mill

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 01:01 AM

I made this myself a little over a year ago. Did what I wanted it to do, but didn’t work as well as I had hoped. It’s kinda big and had a little bit of flex, so that’s probably why. I’m sure if you scale it down a little it would be okay…. also really take your time when making the linear bearings. Those things have GOT to be exact!

I thought I had more pics, just can’t find any right now. here’s one of a full shot of the table. It has a big butcher block on it, which is what I made the thing for to begin with. You can see the router slide up in the top corner of the shop. it doesn’t get used anymore….

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 01:09 AM

okay, I found some more pics. I routed t-slots in the top so I could use hold downs or these blocks to sandwich the boards.

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 02:37 AM

I think you are describing a Torque Workcenter:

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 02:39 PM

Thanks for all the replies guys.

CR1 – not really looking for a router table, as that would make free style plunge routing somewhat impossible, as I’d need to see the face to know what or where I’m carving, but thanks for the suggestion.

Jason – I agree that it’s super close, as I’ve seen the sleds before, but just not as smooth as what I’m looking for, or practical for as large an area. Though I might be stuck with something like this in the end. Thanks for the tip :D

Cutmantom – the legacy is pretty much exactly what I am looking for, just was hoping there was a less hunky, smaller… (cheaper) version out there somewhere. I really only need 2 sets of rails, x and y, and then could use the routers own vertical adjustment. $1400 is just a lot of bread, not sure if I can justify it yet. But thank you – that is the closest thing out there it seems. It’s just odd to me that no one has built a CNC, without the C :D

Childress – I can see what you are saying about the vertical flex – this is why I was hoping to find a metal one somewhere – I don’t weld, so I have to find something prebuilt. Nice job though! And man, does that top look like a lot of work and patience. You must have achieved enlightenment during that process :D

David – That thing is awesome! It sucks I just bought all my shop tools, because that would have eliminated half of the space I just took up and half the expense. It’s plain genius! Nothing like that here in the states as far as I know.

Here’s a video of pretty much exactly what I would need, but trying not to have to build it myself, since I don’t do much with metal -

Thanks again to everyone for all the great suggestions!

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