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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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After seeing some hollow spiral candlesticks that were made on a router crafter on a forum the other night (it may have been here, or maybe Lumberjocks) I was doing my all-too-frequent Craiglist cruising and saw a router crafter for sale. I ended up driving a total of 6 hours roundtrip to go get it today. He sold it to me for $20! The only thing I know that it needs is the crank. Everything seems to function, so I think I did pretty good. A little work with some steel wool to clean up surface rust and it'll even look good.
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I hope to have some pictures later today. I'll take a before shot too.
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You will have to make the crank and unless you are really lucky. I tried to find one and finally made my own.

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I found one when cleaning out my Dad's garage that also needs a handle. I'll be interested to see what you come up with. Also, in my reading about them, it seems that the plastic pulleys get brittle with age and often break and need to be replaced. It's probably a good idea if we start looking into what to replace them with.

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I knew going in that I'd need to make a crank, but I don't think that's going to be too difficult. I know that I've seen similar looking pulleys somewhere, I think I'll start paying attention and see if I can figure out where, and if they are indeed close enough if replacements were needed in the future.
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I made this out of some scrap wood a bolt, a nut and two washers, which I reduced the diameter on with my bench grinder and cordless drill. The drive pin is a 1/2 square piece of hardwood. I fitted it to the crank by drilling a hole in the crank and then using my scroll saw to square the corners.

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This is how it fits
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You scored a great deal. They go for up to $300.00+ on E Bay.
Try a 1/2" socket extention. You can also bend one from 1/2" conduit.
Have fun!
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I bought a spruce 4x4 to play with today and spent some time on the lathe and the router crafter. This is the biggest and most complex thing I have ever turned. I might add that it was also the scariest thing I've ever turned. Good practice, but I sure would like to spend some time with someone who is a turner.
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