Glad to see you doing some woodworking for charity! Your work looks to be top notch.
I have a question, given all the prep work you did to pattern the fenders prior to actual routing, do you think it was worth the effort in order to make the six or seven trucks?
If not, then at what point does it become worthwhile? I've been considering adding a OPR, but I can't seem to justify it. I thought your experience might help me.
Many thanks for the kind words.
This effort was just a trial run. For just 12-14 pieces, not efficient. But. we'll be making many more in the future. Band sawing and sanding would probably be equal in time to the OPR. There is very little sanding needed after the routing. Besides, I can do the pin routing while the LOML does the band sawing and sanding.
Eventually, I hope to do some more intricate work with it. Multiple level cuts (signs, bowls, trays,). And, it will be great for inlays, too. Any template guided work could be done with the OPR. And, template guide collars aren't necessary. Offsets are created by the pin/bit size differences.
An OPR will be expensive! A pin routing attachment for the router table would (I think) accomplish the same tasks and be a whole lot cheaper.
The OPR doesn't replace any of the other systems for guided routing. But, I think for multiples it's great.....and it's fun!