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This is a router guide box for use in the wood lathe to slot/flute wood projects in the chuck or between centers.
It is to be used in conjunction with a plunge router with a 5/8" bushing on the bottom.
It is adjustable up and down to accommodate a 10" max diameter piece. The top plate is also adjustable both ways to follow a taper on a part for cutting parallel to the surface- to a max of 30 degrees or until the top hits the part. I know it needs end stops to control the travel and I made one tryout with it to see where they would best be placed. I decided there will be top end stops cut to the curve of the router base and slotted so they can stop the base in either direction. This is better than having them under the plate which will be full of chips and they would hang down further lessening the angle travel.

It worked pretty slick the first time out. The sample piece is in the 3rd shot taken under the router.

I created the following blog to show the steps in building this fixture:
http://lumberjocks.com/Slovenian/blog/32022

..........................Jim

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Jim,

This is another great idea! Looks good for cutting dados, love it!

Keep up the good work!
Your buddy, AJ
 

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Hello Jim

A very nice jig

I must make one like your

And thanks a lot for the blog

The pictures are really a bonus
Do you have a final project using this jig ?
Thanks for sharing
 

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Alllriiight Jim..you got it done. Good for you What I think is just super & I have never seen before is the ability to slant the top..this will be totally useful. GREAT JOB
 

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Chris and Fernando,You're welcome!!

AJ, I suppose you could use it for flat work if you clamp a piece under it. Dado's, mortices, you name it. I never thought about that!! You are a real creative thinker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diggerjacks, I don't really have a project in mind but having this fixture opens it up to all kinds of new ideas as long at they fit under the "Big top"

Michelle, Thanks. I'll bet this is similar to what you use. You must also have a flat one for curves for the negative space pieces…....................Jim
 

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Good conceptual design, very practical and useful for precise work, thanks for the idea …
 

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Nice tool, well designed.
 

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Well I finished the stops today. I made then out of 1/4 Lexan so I can see through them. They have adjustment slots and a dual pattern of holes so they can be moved even further that the slot allows. I needed them thin so they can clear the spring towers son the plunge router,

Here is what I came up with to limit the travel of the router in both directions:





 

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Looking good Jim, when is the first project due to be posted.
 

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G'day, Bob,
Not for a while. I'm winding down and getting some maple ready for another wine stopper rack that just got ordered. It won't get done until November or so. I go in next Tuesday for a left knee replacement. I have cleaned up the shop in the barn so the lathe is done for a few months. I'll flatten the maple and the join it to get the width and get back at it later this year, I hope.
This weekend I'm going to Cedar Point with my daughter to ride roller coasters all day and night. We do that every year.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Very nice, Jim. Great pictures and blog : )
 

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The major fault of this jug is that its too slick :)
Seriously Jim. Just to source all those materials like clear Lexan, fancy knobs and nuts, steel and aluminium its an art by itself.
You are a true champ mate. Fantastic design and superb execution.
 

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G'day, Dave. I had everything laying around my shop except the knobs. I had to buy them at Menards . If I didn't have all this stuff, I probably would not have made it. I buy stuff when I feel it is a good deal and might use it some day. I got a 3' x3' sheet of Lexan for almost nothing and have cut into it for lots of projects. If I went to by it, it would be about $100. The aluminum is free and the steel was left over from another job. I actually had to weld beads onto the steel plate because it was 1/4" x 1 1/2" and the width of my ways on the lathe is 1.545", so I welded it up and milled it to fit the lathe pretty snug.
...........................Jim
 

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That is a sweet fixture!! Makes my head spin with ideas.
 

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Hi Jim,
This is way too cool.
What a great project.
Love all the details, stop, adjustable, tilt and more.
This one is going right to the favorites.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads
 

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Thanks, Mads and Jerry!
 

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I don't know how I missed this…

Quite a COOL flexible Lathe / Router jig!

Nice job!

Thank you!
 
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