Router Bit change made EASY!

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Project by NickyP posted 11-28-2020 06:38 PM 1047 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Years ago I bought a couple of 2HP routers from Harbor Freight for under $40 each. I use them as dedicated routers set to make through & half-blind dovetails for drawers. Well the problem with these routers are they do not sit flat when turned up-side-down (picture 2) to adjust/change the bit. Chalk up another HF design flaw but what do you expect for the price. The inconvenience of this has never sat right with me so I decided to make a jig to hold the router. As you can see in the 1st picture the router sits in one of my “Router Rest” on the right with the jig on the left.

The cord of the router slips through the back of the jig (picture 3) and the jig has a lip on each side to clamp it down so the router can sit securely for changing bits (picture 4). A top view (picture 5) shows the small wood pieces that support the rounded router top from rocking back and forth along with two holes that a pencil will fit through to release the two wrenches held by magnets located in the base of the jig (picture 6).

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 08:17 PM

Great jig! Well thought out and explained. I’ve got to make one of these for myself! Well done!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 09:15 PM

Great job!

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 12:03 AM

Great idea. That gives me an idea for another router bit removing jig. Thanks.

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

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