I did decide to try one, and you know the one I got did not work well either. I tried making 3 pass each one a little deeper then the previous around a pattern I had made. I tried making a full depth cut, a little better result from the pin arm but the cut was way to heavy. Having every pass a bit different then the one before or having to make such a heavy cut made it useless for what I wanted.sunnyjim said:I bought one of these and found it hard to use it keeps moving around and no way to make it solid.
Would not recommend it.
I would be interested in the plans, do you have a url I can get it from?aniceone2hold said:Ed, I bought a custom built pin router from a friend. He built this unit himself and used it while a toolmaker. The only bad thing is its not easily height adjustable for accurate plunging. Im working on a solution to that.
I also found a plan on the web for a home built version. The file is too large for posting (309K) and cant be reduced without losing detail. I would be happy to forward it to anybody who is interested.
Thanks for your comments, my first try at buying one showed me the need for it to be made solid and strong. I still like the idea but.........ttait said:I looked at these for a while, but really you're just following a template on the opposite side of the workpiece with a pin the size of the bit instead of a template guide on the same side of the workpiece with a guide 'slightly' larger than the bit. Plus, you are adding whatever movement exists (no matter how small) between the base, stand, and arm as a cumulative error when following your template. You still have to make an accurate template, even if it is duplicating an original piece. And if your original has roundover edges, your chances of accuracy decrease even more.
I decided it was just as easy and 'possibly' more accurate just to make an MDF template pattern in the first place and use template guides. And I know that the pattern/bit relationship will not change as I am moving around the edges.
Just my .02, your milage may vary.
Joe Lyddon said:That's interesting... never heard of it til now!
I'm wondering how the Heart would be cut out using the MKSC ad pattern (inside cut)?
Would you drop the wood & pattern onto the router bit? Would be hard to do without messing it up wouldn't it? Don't see how it could be done satisfactorly (sp)...
CARVING LINER ROUTER BITAxlMyk said:For those with the Router Magic book, on page 19 is described a Router Duplicator..
A trimmer router sits in the bottom arm, and a guide pin is in the top arm.. The whole thing floats on a cushion of air so you can move it around.. You can use it in much the same way that the CNC router is used, only manually..
Seems like it would be a whole lot easier to duplicate things that way..