First Try with Dremel Router

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Project by DIYWaterDog posted 04-18-2017 05:09 AM 1162 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first try at router woodworking. Used an old Dremel 400 XPR that I have used around the garage for grinding, cutting, and polishing. Thought I would give routering a try. The old raised grain weathered wood was quite the challenge for the 1/8” router bit. But, I think the jagged lines added a little more character to the piece.

See the whole process here.

Thanks for looking.


-- Why pay somebody when you can DIY?!?

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 12:01 PM

Ahhh, this brings back the days…
I used to live in NE Pennsylvania, the Scranton area to be exact.

They had a drive in theater up on Rt. 6 on the way to Carbondale that on Sunday, was one huge flea market.
Not one of your 100 vendor four hour things – this was up to 400 vendors, and ran from 7AM to about 3PM on Sunday.
We used to get there as early as possible, park as close to the building as possible and paid the theater owner a small fee to run an extension cord to an outside plug on the projection booth/snack stand.
As a side note, they used to have four people on a semi-automatic fill line selling Coke-cola, one size, large, $1. They must have sold thousands every Sunday.

In any case, I would set up a small table with a lot of precut pieces of oak and cherry, and bring two routers, one with an ogee bit or roundover, and one with a pointed bit for doing the lettering. I also came with a standard letter set, black paint and a sander. I think the sander was not even an orbital, one of the old square ones, orbitals were not around or out of my reach.

We would use lacquer black.
The customer could come up, tell us right there what they wanted, I would lay out the letters, rout out the letters and add the edge, and my sidekick would take over and paint the front, edge and all. It would dry in the hot sun in about four-five minutes and he would commence to sand off the excess paint. He would hit it with a final coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax to give it a bit of gloss and protection – the wax was dried as soon as he wiped it off so much better than a top coat of clear, at least in that situation.
I would be on to the next customer.
We sold these in the 80’s every Sunday for around $30 each – made a KILLING! People would sometimes be backed up three to four.
Our problem was taking enough wood, sandpaper and paint…we were usually out of there by 1PM, out of materials.
Those were the days…...

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 12:22 PM

Wicked looking piece. I know the dremel router jig still has a tendency to want to jerk as you move around. I believe some of it has to do with the grain in the wood. I’m still working at it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 02:52 PM

We sold these in the 80 s every Sunday for around $30 each – made a KILLING! People would sometimes be backed up three to four.

- Tennessee

Thanks for sharing the story. Perhaps this could be a new venture selling unlicensed logos off my street curb. LOL! Go Cavs – Go Indians! BelieveLand!

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