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Forum topic by xcalibr1 posted 01-26-2010 06:38 AM 7572 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2010 06:38 AM

In the process of acquiring a Craftsman Router Crafter and was wondering if anyone still used them. From what I can find out they have been discontinued for a few years. Looks like they are capable of doing some neat stuff but may have a big learning curve. I guess I will find out. Just wanted to see if anyone out there had any pointers or tips.


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#1 posted 01-26-2010 04:51 PM

I have a ‘70’s Craftsman router. Not the greatest ever made, but it does the job and the price was right. I got it from my dad, free!

Super Router

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 12:08 AM

Is it a thing that sort of replaces a lathe? I have one, but have never done anything with it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 12:17 AM

i wanted to get one myself. i found a few on ebay but i didn’t have enough money i’ll get one soon though. they remind me of the legacy mill but i think the legacy can do alot more.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://w[email protected]

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 12:19 AM

What do they go for on ebay?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 04:21 AM

I just saw a used one go for $153 on E-bay. There is another one that is new that is at $154 right now with almost 2 days to go. I saw them go for around $200 already. I hope it can do some neat stuff. Im certainly gonna try it. If anyone is interested, then go to E-bay and look at item 250569500590 . This guy designed a router “milling machine” table. I bought a set of the plans and want to build this as well. Might be able to do some interesting things with it as well.

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 04:27 AM

I have one and have never used it just like Bob.

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#7 posted 01-27-2010 04:36 AM

As I recall, you are supposed to be able to attach a router and make perfect spral columns, ect. Supposed to sort of turn your router nto a lahe.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-31-2011 12:38 AM

Hey, I got one a few months ago and have just now started using it since I got my shop built. Check out my projects for some things I have done here in the last few weeks.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#9 posted 03-31-2011 01:09 AM

Is this what you are thinking of – ShopNotes Router Milling Machine?

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 01:54 AM

Wow
Maybe I should sell mine ,those prices are more than I paid ,new
Used it to make spiral spindles .Haven’t used in a long time so I cant really give you any pointers
You will make some scrap getting started, but its not that hard

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#11 posted 10-23-2021 03:07 AM

Hello, I am new to wood working and learning some techniques from this website. I would like to know if anyone has router crafer and willing to sell. I am interested to buy. Please let me know.

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#12 posted 10-23-2021 03:09 AM

I use it every once in a while because it’s a lot of fun and does some pretty unique things.

Used in conjunction with a lathe, to make mortise and tenons on the ends, so pieces can be joined, its capabilities increase.

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#13 posted 10-23-2021 05:29 AM



Hello, I am new to wood working and learning some techniques from this website. I would like to know if anyone has router crafer and willing to sell. I am interested to buy. Please let me know.

- Fun2


I think I still have one I have never used. I’ll look tomorrow.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 10-23-2021 03:12 PM

thank you so much. please let me know.

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#15 posted 10-23-2021 03:18 PM

Is there a manual online for the router crafter?

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