router lathe

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Project by kiefer posted 05-15-2011 06:24 AM 47429 views 56 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

router lathe
This is a simple router lathe i build to ake the round columns for my wifes garden arbour.
It is a box frame with flange bearings on each end and end caps screwed to the ends of the post blanks
a carrige bolt thru the endcaps and nuts hold it in place .
The one end can be moved to allow the post to be installed and removed( see pic 6 )
I start routing along the post to dress down the high corners and the hav someone turn the post by the hand crank and slowly route the post to size using the turret on the router as a gauge and when done routing i sand the post while rotating with a random orbit sander

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 07:40 AM

Smart jig there my friend.
Those came out great !

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 02:38 PM

Where there’s a will…........there’s a way!

That’s the beauty of woodworking. There are so many different ways to accomplish a task.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 02:44 PM

Good thinking and you made a pretty clever jig and it looks like it worked out great.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 07:00 PM


You have done it again. I don’t think I would have thought about doing what you did. Just amazing. Keep up the great work.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 03:01 AM

Wow! That is a great idea. With a little modification, you could index the stock at different angles. Lathes are great, but take up too much space in your shop. Imagine how much space a lathe that could handle 7’ posts, would need! I’m adding this to my watchlist.

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 04:10 AM

Very ingenious! Im not sure I could find someone to turn the crank for 4 hours.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 11:34 AM

A small electric motor and some gears to reduce the rotation speed to a reasonable level and you wouldn’t need the assistant.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 11:53 AM

made one for a teak post
for a spiral stairs
just used a 1/2” dowel
both ends to turn on
and wedges to keep it from moving
you can do straight and turn slightly
or hold the router solid
and spin the work under it
move router and spin more
just drop router down
till it is all round
little at a time so it doesn’t hog

you can make the rails curved or taper too

great work there kiefer
happy mothers day
well and dad too
while were at it

-- 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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#9 posted 05-16-2011 03:54 PM

great thinking :-) and executed
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#10 posted 05-16-2011 03:58 PM

In actuality yo have made a lathe thats exactly what you did.I like your method and you made a great job I would never have tried that ,well done. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 04:52 AM

thanks to all you guys
i love the different suggestions
i think i will try a rotisserie motor as the column turns very easy
i found the best way to route this is to route along the lenght and the take a final pass rotating the column
Patron your idea sounds like a good design option too maybe on the next one
but for now i will hang this thing up on the wall and get back to my drillpress

thanks again and work safe

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 04:52 AM

That is a pretty neat jig and it is funny because I am in the process of designing a jig similar to this that will make spiral post for a bed that I have been wanting to make. I am trying to figure out how I can make the post turn as I move the router, I am thinking of coming up with some kind of pulley system.
Thanks for the post,


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#13 posted 09-22-2011 11:34 PM

this is pretty sweet!

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