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So you may have seen the video last week demonstrating my homemade router lathe in action.

This is just a follow up of that video to answer any questions people had and take a closer look at how it operates. I also look at the imporvment I would make next time.

Enjoy! – also see my website

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-- Alex -

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 01:59 PM

Alex, thanks for the video. Your design, using what you have on hand, is great. By removing the lathe and adding a table for flat stock, you’ve also got a great horizontal router table for cutting mortises or cutting door panels with a smaller diameter bit than on a regular router table. All, you’d have to do is add a vertical axis with a way to lock the height of the router. I won’t even suggest adding some screw stock with hand wheels to move the mechanism. You’d be very close to having a CNC milling lathe at that point. Also, when you switch to a round bit, the stylus that follows your template should have the same radius so your carving will be the same size as the template.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 03:44 PM

Thanks for the inside look at the build. Looking forward to seeing version two.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 04:33 PM

Thanks! Alex great! job

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 04:52 PM

Fantastic Alex! Keep charging!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 06:15 PM

Fantastic build .your very innovative and creative. I’m sure as time goes on you will refine your design to meet your highest standards. You have a great fixture that will give you years of service. Great job.


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#6 posted 11-20-2011 03:32 AM

Great job. Lots of great ideas in this. I’m looking forward to version two as it sounds like it should be much smoother and more precise.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 11-20-2011 04:50 AM

Excellent first prototype – But, my word, what a great video! You have what it takes to do a very informative absorbing and might I say better, NO much better, than a lot of professionaly produced infomercials.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 11-20-2011 06:37 AM

Great job. I look forward to seeing V2. I for one would be very interested in seeing your CAD drawings.

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#9 posted 11-20-2011 08:44 AM

Great job Alex. I like home made jigs and this one looks very clever.
It may sound very stupid but I didn’t understand the advantage of adding a router to the X,Y table when combined with a lathe.
While I can see how this X,Y table with a static cutting blade may have a lot of advantages such as copying or working on a pattern I fail to understand the extra bit with the router.
Can you please explain what is the advantage of X,Y router combined with a lathe over X,Y static blade?

-- Dave -

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#10 posted 11-20-2011 01:11 PM


-- duke 66 ocala fl.

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 03:40 AM

Well done Alex. Your 2nd model should be a good one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 09-14-2012 09:44 AM

Very clever and well done.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#13 posted 04-21-2013 12:40 PM

Did you ever draw it in CAD?

-- I like to turn

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