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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-16-2010, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Craftsman router crafter originally made by Trend in England. I was wondering if anyone out there was using one and if so this is my question.

The original drive mechanism that came with it is a tapered hollow square box that is part of the indexing system. The problem that I am having is that this is not a precision piece of equipment and there is too much sideways slop in the plastic bearing. I want to do fluting of 1 in. material and I would like the already round stock that I am using to turn concentrically with the indexing unit. Right now there is nearly 1/16th of slop and this is not acceptable. As well the square box driver is all but useless for my application. I am considering building a complete new drive head and wondered if anyone has any ideas on this or maybe knows of a retrofit for it. I tried making a drive center that fit into the hex. hole in the head but it still would not turn true. I am a machinist by trade and have a metal lather so I will probably make something.
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Remove the box and plastic bearing and replace it with a forked drive centre, similar to a wood lathe.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I going to have to do that. What I want to do is to redesign the whole end of the unit so that I can put in a proper bearing with no slop. Unfortunately there is not too much to work with as most of the unit is some type of plastic. I just didn't want to have to redrill the index circle but may have to do that as well. I'm thinking of making it only 12 position rather than 24 as I never used anything that fine anyway for indexing.
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I've got a chance for a job involving barley twist turnings but the thought of doing then all by hand leaves me cold. I've been thinking of building something like the Sears machine since it looks too light for any kind of production work. If I can come up with anything I'll post a drawing or photo.
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The Router Crafter is really good as long as the stock is PERFECTLY square. Even out os square by 1/32 in. can cause it to cut on a taper. You are just lucky if the round stock mounts correctly in the square box driver. I have added a power source from scrap electrical junk to turn the stock at about 20 rpm. It turns the crafter into something very useful and saves your arm.
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Take a look at the "router turning" post in the Jigs and fixtures section.
The post is quite long and you would be best to start at the beginning, but it might provide you with some ideas.
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