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I have been a member of this site for some time but it has only been to participate in the Pyrography board in the winter when it is too cold to heat my shop for other forms of woodworking .
I make hundreds of bowls with my Ringmaster lathe and sell them at craft sales. I have forever been router challenged and never had much luck with cheap routers I have owned. I am considering getting a good router with both fixed and plunge base and would like to learn how to use a router properly.
Seeing as I do craft sales I would like some ideas of small saleable projects that use a router quite a bit in their production . I am not interested in larger forms of routing like furniture or cabinet doors or anything like that . I have neither room or a market for the larger items .
I would really appreciate links to instructions on such projects and pictures of some .
In the meantime I am going to do a considerable amount of reading here because it looks like this site is a wealth of knowledge to learn the ins and outs of routing .
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If you are into crafts, you can make thousands more items with a scroll saw than you can with a router.
You might check out some scroll saw forums to get ideas that you could use. Her are just a few that I visit at least weekly.
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Router bowls and trays. With a good bowl bit, the right subbase and a template, you can crank out surprisingly nice bowls of arbitrary shapes pretty quickly. Do a google image search for router bowls. Lots of youtube videos as well.

I use a Freud dish carving bit Freud 19-578 1-1/8-Inch Diameter Top Bearing Dish Carving Router Bit with 1/2-Inch Shank - - Amazon.com in a PC 7518 router (3HP) for that. You might want to get a smaller dish carving bit for a less powerful router.

The templates are used to guide the bit and you can either buy them or make them yourself.

On the subbase, you just need to be able to support the router on 2 sides so the bottom is nice and even. I make them out of 1/2" plywood.

Have good dust/chip collection and eye protection because it really does blast a lot of wood debris everywhere.

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If you are into crafts, you can make thousands more items with a scroll saw than you can with a router.
You might check out some scroll saw forums to get ideas that you could use. Her are just a few that I visit at least weekly.
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Thanks but there is just no market for fretwork stuff around here anymore . I am a member of most all scroll saw forums including the ones you listed except the toy making one . .
I have made hundreds of fretwork clocks back when there was interest in that sort of thing.
Here is a sampling of some of the stuff I have made including the Dome clock . Fretwork went the same as pen making when everyone got into it and started selling below their cost just for the fun of it .
I have sold well over 300 Ringmaster bowls in the last three years but it too will decline as I reach a saturation point for my area .

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Router bowls and trays. With a good bowl bit, the right subbase and a template, you can crank out surprisingly nice bowls of arbitrary shapes pretty quickly. Do a google image search for router bowls. Lots of youtube videos as well.

I use a Freud dish carving bit Freud 19-578 1-1/8-Inch Diameter Top Bearing Dish Carving Router Bit with 1/2-Inch Shank - - Amazon.com in a PC 7518 router (3HP) for that. You might want to get a smaller dish carving bit for a less powerful router.

The templates are used to guide the bit and you can either buy them or make them yourself.

On the subbase, you just need to be able to support the router on 2 sides so the bottom is nice and even. I make them out of 1/2" plywood.

Have good dust/chip collection and eye protection because it really does blast a lot of wood debris everywhere.
Thanks Phil .
There have been several discussions on my own Woodworking Friends site about that as well as ideas about which router to buy . I have links to several places to get the templates and seen the videos but most of the ones on my site have said there is such a waste of wood with that system and was good when wood was much cheaper than it is nowadays .
I have got by without hardly ever requiring a router for many years so perhaps it is just a pipe dream about wanting to branch out into yet another avenue of woodworking . That is why I am asking before investing in a good router .
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Thanks Phil .
There have been several discussions on my own Woodworking Friends site about that as well as ideas about which router to buy . I have links to several places to get the templates and seen the videos but most of the ones on my site have said there is such a waste of wood with that system and was good when wood was much cheaper than it is nowadays .
I have got by without hardly ever requiring a router for many years so perhaps it is just a pipe dream about wanting to branch out into yet another avenue of woodworking . That is why I am asking before investing in a good router .
You can build up your blanks in such a way that you don't waste wood, especially if you are using exotics. You will need a way to cut your material to glue quality. The router bowls I've seen for sale are pretty pricey - $75-100 is not unusual in my area. Waste or not, you can price accordingly. Is it really any different from turning bowls? Up to you.
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You can build up your blanks in such a way that you don't waste wood, especially if you are using exotics. You will need a way to cut your material to glue quality. The router bowls I've seen for sale are pretty pricey - $75-100 is not unusual in my area. Waste or not, you can price accordingly. Is it really any different from turning bowls? Up to you.
I understand what you say about turning bowls if they are done by hogging out the insides of a big block of wood. I quit that wasteful procedure years ago and make hundreds of bowls from one flat board with all kinds of both laminated and segmented designs that sell ten to one over the ones hollowed out of blocks of wood .
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I understand what you say about turning bowls if they are done by hogging out the insides of a big block of wood. I quit that wasteful procedure years ago and make hundreds of bowls from one flat board with all kinds of both laminated and segmented designs that sell ten to one over the ones hollowed out of blocks of wood .
Actually, what I was saying is you could use a similar technique for router bowls.
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Actually, what I was saying is you could use a similar technique for router bowls.
I guess I am having a problem understanding how a router could be used for bowl making apart from what I have seen about gluing stacks of boards or using very thick solid wood and routing the insides out using a template .. I have seen those videos . Could you please provide some pictures and information about what you are referring to or links to videos that might be different than that . .
Here is a bowl from a board that I just posted on my own site yesterday . It is made from a sixteen segment flat board as shown .

I also posted pictures of three more different bowls there yesterday in a separate thread that I finished off at the same time .





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