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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 09-30-2012 02:15 PM 2895 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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09-30-2012 02:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press router shopsmith duplicating question

I haven’t built a router table yet (what am I waiting for?) and I need to duplicate some simple curved patterns. Can I use a standard high speed router bit in my Shopsmith drill press turned up at high speed? I can use the bearing against the pattern down on the drill press table and cut duplicates. I think I can use this method safely, but i’d like to hear if 1) this is a useful workaround, 2) if I should just freehand it, or 3) get on with it and build the router table.

Thanks in advance for sharing your experience.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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paratrooper34

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 02:22 PM

I never tried this, but it would seem to me that the drill press RPMs (even at high) would still be way too slow for effective routing. That could lead to a hazardous situation.

I vote for number three: Build your own. Or you can find some VERY inexpensive router tables on CL and Ebay. Be safe and get the proper tool.

-- Mike

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 02:30 PM

@paratrooper34—I have been looking at plans for a router table, and I will build one soon. I have narrowed it down to a couple of different bench top designs. I have also been looking at CL for some good deals on a used router table.

The Shopsmith’s top speed is a little over 7,000 rpm, so it is way slower than the 30,000 rpm of my router. I certainly want to work safely, so I appreciate your comment.

Finally, thank you for your service.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 03:16 PM

I second paratrooper34.. You could easily hurt yourself or your drill press trying this, even ruin your bit.
If it is only a simple curve, free handing it with a pattern set up should not be difficult. We do all of our pull out scoops, and other simple curves by hand, even with several router tables ready to go. I only go to them for more complicated patterns, or patterns that turn across the grain several times, like an ogee cabinet foot.

-- Who is John Galt?

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 03:29 PM

Way too slow. Disapointingly so.
If you are duplicating, I’d use a pattern bit in a hand held router.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 09-30-2012 05:00 PM

I’d take the 10 minutes needed to make a router table and do it that way.

A scrap of plywood or mdf with your router mounted into it, a straight board for a fence and you have a router table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 09-30-2012 06:16 PM

I made my patterns this morning. For my immediate needs, I’ll freehand the workpieces from the patterns. Turns out I don’t have a pattern bit with a bearing after all. Looks like I’ll be making a trip this afternoon . . .

Thanks for the advice.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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shipwright

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 01:11 AM

Have a look at this. It is set up on a ShopSmith 10ER here but any drill press will do. It is very good for following patterns. I used it that way in this blog.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 01:49 AM

I got a pattern bit this afternoon and freehanded the workpieces. I screwed the pattern to a scrap piece of plywood and used double-sided tape to mount the workpiece. Worked pretty well, but now I’ve confirmed that I need a router table.

@Paul—Nice setup, using the DP as a pin router.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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REO

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#9 posted 10-02-2012 05:15 AM

the only trouble you may have is the attachment of the chuck to the drill press. if it a taper fit it can work loose and turn your chuck into a free spinning top.

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