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tool_junkie

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449 days ago

So I came across this pattern and was wondering if it can be made using a hand held router. I know it will be a piece of cake on a CNC machine but I don’t have one. Thought I would ask…

Thanks!

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!


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RussellAP

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#1 posted 449 days ago

You may need some tequila first.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 449 days ago

i would do that by hand with carving gouges. it will give you
the slight irregularities that the pattern has.

-- Yves

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#3 posted 448 days ago

You could make it with a hand held router, a very steady hand and a few custom made router bits. But
some LJs such as Benji have the skill and ability to do it with hand tools. I am capable of just looking and
admiring their ability.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 448 days ago

this is a perfect example of handheld router doing “straight lines” – the irregularities you would have because of the freehand work is going to give you this look. but I think that a carving gauges would be a better choice.

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#5 posted 448 days ago

The pattern you see is created by depth variation. The pattern gets wider as more width of the bit is used.

If anyone has the skill to do that with a handheld router, I’d love to see it.

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#6 posted 448 days ago

The jig would be an undulating jig, Like to side by side sin waves, to pull the bit up and down. (as Underdog describes) Make it with layers of bendy laminated and give it a little left to right bend in a place, although your sample appears to be just straight lines, I like it to wiggle a little to be more organic. Mark alignments and flip it around each time you run to nest the “waves together”. You can get a more random effect by justifying in up and down a little each run or so, or by combining to different jigs. Use a plunge round over bit, In a palm router or larger with a modified base. (I put a 2 inch straight piece across the base with locks on the left and right, to lock over the left and right side of the “wave” jig allowing the larger router to follow the curves better and to keep the “buried” bit from walking left and right. I have done with a collar as well, but the table size sorta affects the way it follows the undulations. Palm router for smaller detail. Experiment with different plunge bits. It seems really hard to wrap the knoggin around, but can be done fairly well without a cnc. The difference between this method, and a hand carved is the valleys will follow the peaks. If you want them flat like cnc versions you have to hand carve, or hand carve the valleys.

Another version of this jig has the valleys slightly skew or opposing on the right and left sides of the jig. This has the effect of wiggling the bit left and right as it is tracking as well as up and down.

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tool_junkie

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#7 posted 448 days ago

Thanks guys!

The more I read your posts and think about the setup, the more I realize that it is not an easy task using a hand held router. I had initially thought it to be just a little bit more complex that fluting, but I was wrong.

Thanks for all the info you guys shared on this.

-- Looking for a good quality Drill Press and a Cabinet Saw for cheap!

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redSLED

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#8 posted 447 days ago

Curvy (flexible/reversible) jigs and big round nose bits?

Or sculpt out of clay, then paint on wood colours/grain, bake in oven.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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redSLED

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#9 posted 447 days ago

Or super high pressure sand blast the pattern into a very soft wood, then sand by hand?

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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