Ah, gotcha now. And know exactly what would work for you. And, of course, can't remember where I saw it - it has been a good while. I'll post it if I ever run across it. In the meantime, found this, don't know if it will be of use to you or not, but maybe someone. Homemade Overhead Router System - HomemadeTools.netNot exactly Theo but if you click on the image of it it takes you to the mandolin cafe site and the post above it there is interesting. BJ had made an overhead router setup by adding an L bracket onto the end of a radial arm saw motor and he said it worked pretty good. I'd like something easy to raise and lower. That's why I thought a radial drill press.
I think it would make it easier to do mortises, Neville. They show the jig and stops for that. There's also some panel bits which go the other way like that... need less power for those because of the smaller radius.It is an interesting idea but the more I looked at it then I cant see why the table gets flipped up, a first glance you could think it was a variable angle arbour buts it's not as regardless of the angle the table is sitting on then cutter is still square to the table and the fence so regardless of how you set it the cutter angle is still the same, Mike is right and the feed direction would get reversed still I will think about this some more and see if I can see why anyone would need to flip a router table 90degs and use the fence as the table instead of use the table itself. It's a lot of work to make the table so it could flip and so far I don't see why I would do that. N
In the example I gave of Mark Sternberg's design the router does tilt in relation to the table. That still probably doen't give any advantage with lots of bits. I can't see angling a roman ogee profile for example but it might open up some possibilities when using straight or round nosed bits and you could tweak angles on bevel bits, for whatever that might be worth.If you are good at making images in your head then set the table at any angle between the cutter pointing directly up and the cutter fully on its side, there are 90 different positions if you stop it every 1 degree, 180 if you can imagine 1/2 degrees, the thing is that on all of those angles then the cutter is exactly the same in regard to both the table and the fence so at all the angles then nothing changes at all other than the working angle as the wood is in the same relationship to the cutter so I have been wondering what real benefit there is in all the work to make it tilt? Its not like tilting the table makes it a tilting arbour. I would want to see some reason to make it. N
The point I am making is that its a lot of work to make this tilting table so I would want to see some real benefits from doing it, just now I cant see a reason to make it. NIn the example I gave of Mark Sternberg's design the router does tilt in relation to the table. That still probably doen't give any advantage with lots of bits. I can't see angling a roman ogee profile for example but it might open up some possibilities when using straight or round nosed bits and you could tweak angles on bevel bits, for whatever that might be worth.