Shopnotes Mag. Duplicator.

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Project by neverenougftackle posted 06-17-2014 05:40 PM 22922 views 12 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had got into making several various sizes of Cedar signs for some friends, and got to where I enjoyed the challange of making them . The problem came up when I was ask to include several types of additions,,adornments as to their interest out to the side/s of the lettering. I made a sketch of my own design of a duplicator, put it together, with just a sad marginal results (last picture). Shopnotes Magazine came out with their idea, it sure looked a lot better than mine, and with that magazine rep. I decided to make one and give it a try. Imperative on making one of these,,,make sure that every connection, that call for it to be, that that connection is 90 degrees to the companion piece. All most all of them,,,,VERY importain !!!!

It has worked out very well, naturally after some practice,,, the picture is a couple of the first try es using a hobby stores templates. Still though no where as precise as a CNC machine, nor near the cost.

Question; has any other woodworker here about’s ran into a problem I have had. After I get all enthusiastic about making a jig/fixture/machine, then take the time to build it, and afterwards I run into…..Where around here, do I put it now ????

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 06:53 PM

Very innovative and low cost way to do this – Well done!!!!

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 10:56 PM

What router bit are you using?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 11:47 PM

Thanks exelectrician, yelp slower but for sure,,,done by hand.

Hello Tyvekboy, These were and I am using router sign making bits. They are smaller diameter tip sizes, and in 1/4 ” shank sizes, sold at a number of the router bit places. Some are alot better that others. Buy the solid carbide bits used in make these small bits, the HSS (high speed steel) simply do not last that long, with the routers high RPM’s..

One thing to make sure, is that you should look for in their advertisement, is in the total length of the bit/s them selves. When you are making the letters and have to use one of the the routers base (or using that base for a # of reasons). It is a little spooky to have to insert that router bit only half way into the Colette to tighten down. In order to have the length of that routers bit to be long enough to be able to reach the wood, and then plunge deep enough into the wood for the letter or symbol/s to show.

On this Duplicator of Shopnotes, the hand guide (style st) you make are in several diameter inserts, to guide the same diameter of the followng bit, over to the side. You first select and set you pattern, then set your wood to be routed to that pattern. By first placing that style st against the inside openings top/bottom/and the two sides as a reference points, and that sets the router bits reference/s point/s. If you look close at my picture above, Shopnotes suggested using several same size wooden dowels, cut to the same length then to insert your steel sized style st one into each end, making several this way, you are set to go with all of your bits. One small stylest for intricate inside edge cutting, a bigger bit to clean out the center (switching saves those smaller bits),,,,,with the corresponding style st of course.

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 06:01 PM

Okay, I’m four years slow on my answer, but here is my solution:

.....Where around here, do I put it now ????

- neverenougftackle

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