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I'm new to this forum and don't know if this was already posted. There is a really cool home made router lathe you can make. See ShopNotes website. They have some videos on line.
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I'm new to this forum and don't know if this was already posted. There is a really cool home made router lathe you can make. See ShopNotes website. They have some videos on line.
Hi Julian:

Yes, the router lathe is one of the more common methods of mounting a router. There are 25 ways to mount a router in all. There are also several home made versions of the router lathe. The current commercial version is the Trend. Sears used to package the Trend. There are also several more, one made in Australia, one that used to be made in Canada.

I didn't think Shopnotes had a router lathe in their notes. I don't subscribe. Do you have a photo -- preferably one showing the crank end?

At the moment, I'm aware of three carriage methods, cable, gear and chain. I'm wondering if they have something new?

Any info you can provide is appreciated.

There is a manufacturer called Legacy who make a router lathe for commercial purposes. They call their's an ornamental lathe but there is another manufacturer called Holtzapffel who made real ornamental lathes in the 19th century. The Holtzapffel is designed to work primarily in metals but I have seen examples of their work in wood. Legacy, although versatile, pales by comparison.

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Ron, that is in the current issue of Shopnotes. Someone put a LOT of work into it and the result looks pretty nice. The crank is attached to some threaded rod, which the router rides on, that turns a combination of wooden gears at the other end.

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New issue of ShopNotes Vol. 20 Issue 115
http://www.shopnotes.com/extras/
http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/115/...machine-video/

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Thanks Brian and James:

I'll make note of that one. It is interesting.

There is another version in Bill Hylton's "Router Magic" that uses bicycle chain, sprockets and cogs in place of the gears.

Thanks again.

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