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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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I use a Sears Router Crafter and found it useful, but annoying until I motorized the spindle. Now it is fun to use.
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Pictures, please? Thanks.
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Attached are photos of how I powered a Sears router crafter with a 12v motor an gear box obtained from a electrical-mechanical surplus house. It runs at 22 rpm. The cost was $13. I took a 3/4" dowel, tapered one end square and drove it into the crank socket. The rest is fairly obvious. I powered it with an old 12v, 1 amp trickle charger.

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Good job Jim, may have to give your idea a try!
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Excellent pics. I'll have to give it a try.
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Excellent pics. I'll have to give it a try.
Here is a pic of a leg from a bedside table I am currently working on. A layup of 3 layers of maple to yield a 2x2 x 30" starting piece. Except for the 4 deeper grooves, it was cut with a 1/2" round nose bit. The final pass following the template was at a speed that took about 40 minutes for the 30" length. This yielded a piece that needed minimal sanding to remove grooves. I could have never done this by hand-turning the crank. That is nearly 1000 turns just for the final cut. There are probably over 1000 turns in the rough cut passes. This is the 4th leg. About the end of the first leg my 45 year old Sears router had a sudden death. I replaced it with a Bosch MRC23EVSK

For what little sanding that was needed I used a B&D Mouse while the leg was turning.
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Hi Jim

Nice job,,,I hope you don't mind I played with your picture just a little bit and blew it up so we all can see the detail..

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Nice job,,,I hope you don't mind I played with your picture just a little bit and blew it up so we all can see the detail..

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I have attached a much higher resolution picture.
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Attached are photos of how I powered a Sears router crafter with a 12v motor an gear box obtained from a electrical-mechanical surplus house. It runs at 22 rpm. The cost was $13. I took a 3/4" dowel, tapered one end square and drove it into the crank socket. The rest is fairly obvious. I powered it with an old 12v, 1 amp trickle charger.

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Hi,I know this post was a long time ago but it is exactly what I want to do to mine,thanks for the post, MAC.
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Hi, did you make a set-up like JIMS.
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