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July 29, 2021

Hereʻs something that you can make with scraps around your shop.

This project can be considered a jig most useful for the senior Lumberjocks but may also prove useful for junior Lumberjocks.

Iʻve found that I never have enough hands to hold my routers while Iʻm changing router bits. Also in my stage of life Iʻve noticed that my hand strength is waning coupled with the onset of arthritis. Growing old sucks!

To solve this problem Iʻve made router holders that hold my router motors leaving my hands free to work the wrenches to loosen and tighten the collet nuts.

I made this one for my 2-1/2 HP Porter Cable 892 router …

… and this one for my DeWalt DWP611 router.

They are made out of 5 pieces of 3/4 inch plywood. The bottom serves as the base and the rest are cut out for a custom fit to the specific router motor with an opening for the power cord. Make sure when you make yours to make the router cutouts so that the routers slide in and out easily.

The pieces can be glued or screwed together. I used sheetrock screws. The finished holders were given a coat of Watco danish oil after all sharp edges were rounded over.

Both holders have 3/4 inch pegs in the bottom that fit the dog holes in my assembly table which are spaced 6 inches on center. All I have to do is drop them into the dog holes and go to work. The bases measure a minimum about 8 inches long to accommodate the peg holes.

This is the Porter Cable router in itʻs holder …

… and this is the DeWalt trim router in itʻs holder.

These holders have been a great addition to my arsenal of jigs for my shop and make router bit changes a lot easier. Hope this gives you something to build during these hot summer months.

Thanks for looking.

Comments and questions appreciated.

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





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John Stegall

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#1 posted 07-29-2021 08:29 PM

Great idea TB. I have been thinking of disposing of some of my routers. But it is always a pain to change out bits which is why I have more than a few. Maybe this will help with that decision.

-- jstegall

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 07-29-2021 08:36 PM

They are neat ty’...

Used a similar concept to hold my Ryobi trimmer (by the battery) for upside down rounding over…
I specifically appreciate this post as I did my holder with my laser, but I keep plugging that you don’t need a laser and many of my stuff can be made using conventional tools… while the two are quite different, the concept is the same… QED!

I was going to draw your attention to the Eliminator chuck, but then I noticed it excluded the PC 800 series, however, left it in when there is one for the DeW... worth looking at for that one tool bit change... but then again, even with that chuck, the “jig” would still be handy to hold the router the wrong “right way up”... my PC is in a router table so no jig needed, but for my Makita router, even with the chuck, it’s a balancing act to change the bit.

On closer look, your concept could easily be incorporated in my trimmer circle cutting jig... just to prove you don’t need a laser… just SU.

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

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#3 posted 07-29-2021 09:23 PM

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MrLaughingbrook

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#4 posted 07-29-2021 09:36 PM

Nice!

-- MrLaughingbrook

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-29-2021 09:38 PM

great idea for anyone young or old.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 07-29-2021 09:41 PM

Great shop built fixture! (I feel your pain, love the solution!)

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-29-2021 10:11 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Very nice solution!!!!!!!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 07-29-2021 10:30 PM

Well now that is a Dandy build, Very practical and useful great job you did.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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sawdustjeff

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#9 posted 07-29-2021 11:01 PM

Great Idea!

I need to hurry up and make some more scraps so that I build a couple of these!
LOL!!

Jeff

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#10 posted 07-29-2021 11:09 PM

Very clever Alex!

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 07-29-2021 11:15 PM

That’s a really great idea! Thanks for posting it. I’m definitely going make a couple of those.

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kajunkraft

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#12 posted 07-30-2021 12:39 AM

Very good idea. I need those too. Woodpeckers will probably come up with something like this for around $1,000.

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BobWemm

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#13 posted 07-30-2021 06:44 AM

Very neat and a great solution to having stiff fingers.

Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#14 posted 07-30-2021 07:09 AM

Not quite in the same vein but I have a couple “U-shaped” blocks the size the router bases and about 2” deep to “park” the router when the plunge is locked down, e.g. for round-overs etc. Saves the cutter digging into the bench top!

-- Rob at Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 07-30-2021 08:08 AM



Not quite in the same vein but I have a couple “U-shaped” blocks the size the router bases and about 2” deep to “park” the router when the plunge is locked down, e.g. for round-overs etc. Saves the cutter digging into the bench top!

- robgul


If we’re on the same page, a roll of anything not thin also does a decent job,

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

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