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Has anyone on the forum used one of these? I'd like to try making some rosettes but won't ever be able to justify going the CNC way.

This gadget was supposed to allow one to make rosettes with different bits (not one big knife) so you could do many different designs with just a few regular bits.

The jig looks like it somehow mounts over the bit with the wood attached to a small round plate - on the top side of the plate is a handle that you turn to rotate the piece through. (I think)

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There are rosettes for drill presses. That seems safer and easier. Most router bit companies sell the also.

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I take it you do not have the owner's manual. Have you tried looking on-line for a download? I'm sure you'd need the model #, et al, but there should be something on-line.

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I don't have the manual and it's not on the Sears/Craftsman website. Actually, it's on the Sears website but says it doesn't have anything available. I've done searches for it.

I don't have a drill press and although it may be easier on them, this looks like you can do more with less - use a few simple (inexpensive) bits to make variations.

I'll post photos of the device. I just bought it on e-bay.

I think you attach the wood to the round plate, anchor the device over the bits and turn the wood with the crank. You adjust the wood position relative to the bit somehow - I think that's what the numbers under the crank refer to.

It doesn't have the mounting clip but since there are screw holes I'm sure I can come up with something to attach it to T-track.

I'll have it in a few days and will experiment. Was hoping someone had used one before or maybe had a manual.
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I bet that everyone who read your opening post had something like these in mind:

MLCS Rosette Cutters and Profile knives

I saw these shortly after I got serious about router "work" and fortunately did not buy any. I was also fooled by the presence of Forstner bits (something I had never heard of before) on web pages and print catalogues that were seemingly all things router. I do wish they would all clearly label these things for use in drill presses, hand drills, etc and not for router use.

The apparatus you show is unlike anything I have ever seen before, but the operation of it seems to me to be as you described it. If it were mine I would be willing to try it by attaching the wood to the round "base" using even two sided tape or very thin nails using the screw holes.

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Tom - I don't have enough experience with other machines that go twirly and cut wood to know about other similarly named objects. Didn't mean to confuse anyone.

I plan on having some fun (hopefully) with this in a few days. I've been searching all over the net for info. but so far nothing. I think it originally came out about the time Sears/Craftsman was going crazy with attachments for routers - the router crafter, pantograph, recreator and bowl maker were all out in the 1970s? 1980s? I remember seeing them in the catalogs way back whenever.

I'll post photos of whatever it can crank out - hopefully the bloodstains won't detract too much.
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Susan I was thrown off a bit at first too but what you have is meant to be used with a router from the the looks of it. I'm not sure how they intended to use the two items together, mounting wise. The plate on the rosette cutter resembles a face plate on a wood lathe, where you attach a piece of wood by screwing into it from the back. I would assume that you plunge bits into various arcs of the radius with bits like these. Amazon.com: plunge roundover bits: Tools & Home Improvement

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Tom - I don't have enough experience with other machines that go twirly and cut wood to know about other similarly named objects. Didn't mean to confuse anyone.

I plan on having some fun (hopefully) with this in a few days. I've been searching all over the net for info. but so far nothing. I think it originally came out about the time Sears/Craftsman was going crazy with attachments for routers - the router crafter, pantograph, recreator and bowl maker were all out in the 1970s? 1980s? I remember seeing them in the catalogs way back whenever.

I'll post photos of whatever it can crank out - hopefully the bloodstains won't detract too much.
Susan, I wrote what I did in part to point out how helpful the photos of it were. Your device calls itself a rosette maker. In the 1970's and '80's I was fully occupied with other interests and had only a vague familiarity with "machines that go twirly" (I love your descriptive language!) so I missed that part of the Sears catalog.

The more I think about your device the more I understand your desire for a manual. I can see how the work piece is attached and rotated, but where is the height (depth) adjustment? How will the cut be started?

I bet you are going to have lots of fun with your device. I certainly look forward to seeing what you make with it.

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Susan,,,

within this description is at best, bits and pieces of how this rosette maker operates. Most notably is the fact that the work piece is lowered down onto the bit.

"A router accessory used in concert with a router attached to a router table (2). The accessory can be used to produce rosettes, model wheels, buttons, coasters, and other circular decorated projects, for example. In the preferred embodiment, a wooden workpiece (6) can be positioned horizontally above a selected router bit (9). The workpiece zero point, which may be the workpiece center, can be off-set horizontally from the router bit (9). The accessory can then be used to lower the workpiece (6) onto the router bit (9), so that rotation of the workpiece (6) routs a circular cut equidistant from the workpiece zero point. The maximum depth of cut can be set. The off-set can be changed to make additional circular cuts into the workpiece (6), as desired."


Patent EP0611244A1 - Rosette maker router accessory used in concert with a router attached to a ... - Google Patents

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I didn't go thru this, so don't know if it will help or not.
Patent EP0611244A1 - Rosette maker router accessory used in concert with a router attached to a ... - Google Patents

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