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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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I am a novice wood turner with arthritis. I need to construct a jig or jigs so that I can use a router to shape the inner and outer of a bowl. I have seen a few ideas but they are not very versatile. I want to be able to do everything one can do with standard chisels. Originally I thought about using a cross vise on a swivel to hold the standard chisels but then someone suggested using a router instead.

The ultimate would be a rig similar to the rig of an operating theater overhead light with a router at the end instead of the spot lights. Something that would absorb all the 'chatter' and allow small/slow incremental movement with the precision of a surgeon.

More realistically I see a platform with a router mounted on its side devoid of plunge mechanism to allow access to the shape and form of a bowl.

I think the key here is versatility and simplicity. I believe that the ideas of a novice have usually been perfected by a craftsman, so I am calling on All to assist me in my quest.

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Hi Kenneth - I recently became interested in making bowls using a router after seeing an episode of the Woodsmith Shop (woodsmithshop.com) on TV. They used a special bowl router bit from a company called CMT. They also make a collet extender for deeper bowls. There is a video at the Woodsmith website. Look under "Episodes" until you find the routed bowl episode. Also check the website at drygulchexoticwoods.com/routedpieces.html. Beautiful bowls. The only problem is that the bowls are limited to having straight sides (unless someone has figured out how to route slanted sides). There is also a website that says bowls can be made with a router and jigsaw (lumberjocks.com/projects/7664) and they recommend a book by 2 authors. The only other alternative is a very expensive rig made by Legacy which can be viewed at legacywoodworking.com. It can do everything with a router. I imagine it will make bowls too. Watch the demo video. Good luck. My wife has arthritis in her hands also. It's miserable. Hope you find something that works.
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Thankyou. Look forward top everything you guys can share. Best Regards
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