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Workshop operational tips. #34: Parking your router without driving lessons.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 12-15-2021 04:44 AM 2324 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boy and Girls,

I’m sure this has been posted many times before and most crusty LJ’ers are aware of this, however, I’m hoping there may be a newbie or two that hasn’t had this tip thrown in their face and are too slack to interrogate the “archives”.

While using my Leigh D4R dovetailer making a cabinet for my over populated puzzles menagerie, I set up this router parking bay without thinking…

While taking other photos for an upcoming project post, I thought that there may be other people out there that may struggle with parking their routers with the bit protruding during the progress of a project.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m advocating a cheap solution as I am a devout advocat of SKI (Spend Kid’s Inheritance)… the one good thing about this, as opposed to a shop-made stand out of exotics or fancy purchased alternatives, you won’t give a toss if you park it accidentally before the brake cuts in… all that gets tossed is the replaceable roll… at least you won’t need to book an advanced parking course or revert to “P” plates if you bugger up the manoeuvre.

While I could attempt to park it in one of my 20mm dogholes,

I just don’t have the need for any 40mm oblong holes.

This may not be much chop if you hand cut your dovetails, but it may be handy for other free-hand router adventures. Furthermore, there’s no such thing as a woodworker without a roll of duct tape… so you already have a bloody good foundation,

Any roll will work, however, I do suggest you choose one appropriate for the outer and that protruding router bit. Obviously this red roll may be an unfavorable chioice,

and for once,

even the trusty ”duck” tape let the team down.

You could always use some left over/recycled PVC pipes,

though I thoroughly recommend you trim to size.

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 12-15-2021 08:14 AM

You need a lot of these stands.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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robscastle

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#2 posted 12-15-2021 10:22 AM

I could have used some duck tape
especially after failing to duck the concete footpath

PS looks like your accessory runs rings around shop bought ones

-- Regards Rob

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dbhost

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#3 posted 12-15-2021 01:37 PM

Love the safety tape!

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 12-15-2021 03:53 PM

I like the Duck tape idea! If the roll is old enough there should be enough adhesive ooze on the sides so it’ll stay put (stuck to the router base or the bench 8^)

Have you considered a bungy cord? Do your routing, then let it loose and it’ll be pulled up to the ceiling and out of your hair (metaphorically speaking of course 8^)

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crowie

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#5 posted 12-15-2021 09:40 PM

Oh my, the silly season has started with a cracker….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 12-15-2021 10:49 PM


Have you considered a bungy cord? Do your routing, then let it loose and it ll be pulled up to the ceiling and out of your hair (metaphorically speaking of course 8^)

- splintergroup


I use bungy for my hoses and cords…

Theat sprooiinnnnggg concept sounds good, but to get the equilibrium set up everytime I route on a different corner of my workshop would take a tad longer than to toss a roll of tape on the bench… The next time it stays on an edge and rolls off the table, I might investigate further.

Actually the duct tape is a last resort when you run out of TP… I remember once I was routing for about 10 minutes and getting nowhere till I realised the roll was still tacked to the base of the router… lifting the entire bench when you pick up the router is another indications of leaky duct tape.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 12-15-2021 11:14 PM


I could have used some duck tape
especially after failing to duck the concete footpath
- robscastle

Just pack your duck tape in feathers so when you fall down, it’s a soft landing… the feathers will also soak up the blood…


You need a lot of these stands.

- Dutchy


You could get about 10 stands from this PVC pipe,

... or 20 and use short router bits.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 12-15-2021 11:26 PM

Looks like you are on a role there Alex.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#9 posted 12-16-2021 12:06 AM

I had a really good laugh at the last photo. “Like, he really staged that photo, LoL”

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#10 posted 12-16-2021 12:46 AM

I just flip my router upside down and sit it down that way. The top is flat on one of my routers but I must lay my Makita router on it’s side (no flat top) so your Duck tape one will do for me! Thanks!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 12-16-2021 01:45 AM


I had a really good laugh at the last photo. “Like, he really staged that photo, LoL”

- DevinT


No staging DT... for my dovetails on a long board, I had to climb a “ladder”...

so the pipe was no issue… having to walk 4 meters to it was.


I just flip my router upside down and sit it down that way. The top is flat on one of my routers but I must lay my Makita router on it s side (no flat top) so your Duck tape one will do for me! Thanks!

- woodshaver Tony C


The Fe$tool will stand on it’s head, but it must like vino as much as me as it kept falling over…. and yazall know my feeling about UGH! sideways...

Had the same problem with my Makita... but after cutting the cord off and disecting the micro adjuster (what a stupid design), I found the roll was a better option on the second Makita.

The Milwaukee trimmer wiill stand upside down on the battery, however, I’m worried about poking an eye out with the protruding router bit… I use BIG bits.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 12-16-2021 06:53 AM

I have a big Router bit

-- Regards Rob

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