Festool stuff #4: Shelf pin holes for track routers - Festool LR32 alternative.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-14-2019 02:39 PM 5301 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shelf pin holes for track routers
Festool LR32 alternative.

I am planning to make a bookcase wall for my allotment house and would like moveable shelf’s, so it was time to take up an old project idea:
Making a jig that can be used with my Festool tracks and router, to make repetitive shelf pin holes for cabinets.
Yes Festool makes one, but you have to buy the jig, a special track and so the price is close to madness, unless you make cabinets for a living.
Here a video in French with the LR32 system in use:

So let’s make one!

The router has a base (the black part) that runs on the tracks, I will make an attachment for it, that can reach the T-track part of the saw track.
Then put a hard wood strip in the T-track, with holes that are spaced out, with the type I want, it can be Ikea standard or what ever, here I use some standard aluminium bookcase Shelving Strip that I was lucky to get, years back in Paris of all places, it fitted right into the T-track and had a good spacing for book shelf’s.
You will understand all this later. ;-)

A piece of plexiglass cut to size are marked up, so it will fit over the T-track router attachment.

Removing the marked up part.

Now you can see it fits.
Also I cut a strip of plexiglass and put under, on top of the T-track part, this will be glued on, with CA glue.
Finally the two pieces of aluminium are the start of a locking mechanism.
(More about this later).

Btw – you can cut aluminium on your standard table saw, I do that a lot.

Ok removed the plastic and a knob on the jig, so you can get a better view.

Found a good spot in the Festool router attachment, to drill holes for the new part and then it was just to go for my drill press (did I tell you guys I got a new old drill press and love it).



Washers and wing nuts.

We are connected!

So fare so good. ;-)

Out of focus…
Working on the lever arm, making it from a square aluminium bar.

Trying out different ideas, no plan really, just knowing I need an arm, a spring, something to hold it in place.

The lever arm is a good place to start, making an arm that can click into the spacer slot, a hole for attachment, a cut out for the rocking and I put a rubber thing on for a soft finger spot – and because it looks sexy – and I had a bunch of them in a drawer… Laughs.

The pin that goes into the track are shaped and cut to length.

Like this.
(Yes I have now attached the mechanism and was so much into it, that I forgot to take pictures, but you will understand).

Here from the back a counter sink hole for holding the mechanism and one for the pin to go through.

From the side:
1. rubber thingy for soft finger touch and sexy effect.
2. Spring under the lever, that makes it pop back down.
3. Round furniture bolt with threaded hole in it, that locks down the hold for the lever.
4. Lever arm, the centre hole, needs to be made wider, so the arm can move freely, just rock the arm in the drill press.
5. Rubber washer so it can move, then normal washer and nut with locking (blue inside).
6. Pin is made of bolt with nut.

Here riding on the track with the spacer put in the track.
You can easily make these your self, just make a hard wood strip that fits the track and drill holes in the desired spacing.

Other side.

Lever arm clicked into a hole.

When pushed down it pops up and you can move the router.

That’s it we got a shelf pin jig!
Happy monkey I am.
As long as the pin is riding on the spacer insert, it’s up and will then click down into the next hole.

Video will come here, but at the moment LJ, will not work when I post videos…

Hope it can be to some inspiration, it takes a little twisting, but it can be done.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 06:09 PM

No that is awesome! Great little video, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-15-2019 03:45 AM

I probably would not have the use for such application, however, I do love your indexer design… top of my plagiarism list!

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2019 12:31 PM

Clever and works well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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