My shop made multi router

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Project by a1Jim posted 07-05-2010 10:10 PM 19563 views 12 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey friends
After cleaning out items I had in a storage unit. I had material and my shop made Multi router stored there. After dusting it off for a tool sale I thought you might get a kick out of looking at this strange looking but very functional tool I made 4 or 5 years ago. The next to last photo shows a real JDS multi router like the one I now own and the last shot shows what I used for hold downs on my shop made tool. The factory made Multi router starts at about $2800 and by the time you include a stand and other fancy accessories you can be pushing $ 4000. Back then thinking I could build one for $ 100 or so I started a trial and error process as to what would work and what didn’t. I soon found out the for this to work properly I needed some lineal bearings and those guys were $ 100 each times 4 = $ 400 just for bearings plus a router a PC 690 and tracks and other hardware I was up to about $680 then I decided I could store it better If I placed it on a work horse that would fold down ,that I think was around $80 now this strange looking contraption had cost me
Around $ 760. All said and done my shop made multi router served me well making tons of loose tenons for almost 3 years when I decided to by the real thing. You can guess I was some what disappointed after having it in my tool sale for $ 450 and there were no takers. I know why . It’s because it looks like a strange hunk of junk. Oh well beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I knew what it could do.
I know there might be folks who want plans ,but there are none this just popped out of my gray matter. Now can see just how strange it is in there. LOL


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#1 posted 07-05-2010 10:35 PM

I thought it looked great Jim . Having seen it with my own eyes . You should be proud…..........Schloemoe…Rick

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 10:38 PM

I just made a jig for horizontal boring on the TWC… works great for Mortises and also sliding dovetails.. only cost 100 bucks.. oh and around 4 grand for the Torque… lol.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 10:43 PM

hey jim ,
that’s quite the tool ,
i got a ‘matchmaker’ from woodworkers ,
just about like this one .
they are sure good to use ,
make repeat work easy .

i’d say it’s not as dark and grey in there as you might think .
your hair may be grey ,
but your mind doesn’t seem to be !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 10:44 PM

Thanks Rick ,It was great to meeting you in person. Thanks for coming to my tool sale.
Hey Larry do you think I could make a plywood Torquemaster LOL How come you didn’t come to the sale? :)


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#5 posted 07-05-2010 10:46 PM

Interesting Jim, it looks logical and ok to me. I just threw out some outdated jigs today that I’ve had for many years and I found some useful stuff at the same time. It really pays to clean up once in a while.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 10:46 PM

wonderful what you do when you are determined to be successful with a little bit of cash. you’re a genious

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 10:48 PM

Hey David
Maybe you could use that matchmaker to put folks together LOL You only see the grey hair but the grey matter is lurking below.
Wow Dub that’s going to give me a big heard .
Hey Mike any jigs you make I want to see. Did you make them out of purple heart Like a couple guys we know?


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#8 posted 07-05-2010 11:04 PM

Quite an achievement Jim. It looks good to me too.

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#9 posted 07-05-2010 11:27 PM

ive tried jigs before…but i just keep tripping over myself…maybe the waltz is more my style….them jigs are just to much knee action for me jim…and these torque things sound like torture contraptions or something…lol…..what about a torque jigger..hey my gray matter might be more black then gray……...might be ive gotten to much sun….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 11:42 PM

Hey Grizz
Thanks for the Idea torture you say…. hmmmm.
Talking of dancing how about your own version off dancing with wolves but real wolves, But you have to promise no harm will come to the wolves when filming. LOL. Maybe just dancing with chiwawas ? :))


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#11 posted 07-05-2010 11:52 PM

Wow, pretty cool, Jim. You amaze me with your projects.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 11:58 PM

That’s a real marvel of engineering, Jim.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 12:00 AM

Hey Dennis

We never know how far we can succeed until we reach for something unattainable in our own eyes. †

Good quote

Thanks Charlie


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#14 posted 07-06-2010 12:03 AM

Hey Jim does it toast your bread for breakfast?
Nice, I like it.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 12:05 AM

Jim: A nice looking project. Sorry that it didn’t go. How did the rest of the sale gp?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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