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After seeing some hollow spiral candlesticks that were made on a router crafter on a forum the other night (it may have been here, or maybe Lumberjocks) I was doing my all-too-frequent Craiglist cruising and saw a router crafter for sale. I ended up driving a total of 6 hours roundtrip to go get it today. He sold it to me for $20! The only thing I know that it needs is the crank. Everything seems to function, so I think I did pretty good. A little work with some steel wool to clean up surface rust and it'll even look good.
 

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You will have to make the crank and unless you are really lucky. I tried to find one and finally made my own.

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I found one when cleaning out my Dad's garage that also needs a handle. I'll be interested to see what you come up with. Also, in my reading about them, it seems that the plastic pulleys get brittle with age and often break and need to be replaced. It's probably a good idea if we start looking into what to replace them with.
 

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I knew going in that I'd need to make a crank, but I don't think that's going to be too difficult. I know that I've seen similar looking pulleys somewhere, I think I'll start paying attention and see if I can figure out where, and if they are indeed close enough if replacements were needed in the future.
 

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I made this out of some scrap wood a bolt, a nut and two washers, which I reduced the diameter on with my bench grinder and cordless drill. The drive pin is a 1/2 square piece of hardwood. I fitted it to the crank by drilling a hole in the crank and then using my scroll saw to square the corners.
 

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Router crafter crank

You scored a great deal. They go for up to $300.00+ on E Bay.
Try a 1/2" socket extention. You can also bend one from 1/2" conduit.
Have fun!
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I bought a spruce 4x4 to play with today and spent some time on the lathe and the router crafter. This is the biggest and most complex thing I have ever turned. I might add that it was also the scariest thing I've ever turned. Good practice, but I sure would like to spend some time with someone who is a turner.
 

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I had one of those router crafters when I was 19. I think I spent 90% of my shop time on it. I actually made a bench for it, mounted a 3/4 hp motor under it on a lever with springs, belted it to pulleys. One of the pulleys turned a threaded rod that had a mount to it. That mount attached to the router mount. I would turn the motor on, which spun the wood. I believe I just used 1/2” tube stock as the shaft to mount into the crafter and hold a pulley assembly. No bushings. A dumb, excited kid. Then there was a clutch to engage the threaded rod belt. That moved the router along. When it got to the end, the threaded rod mount hit a light switch to turn off the motor. The other end of the threaded rod was ground down to accept a drill to spin the threaded rod back to home place. Three passes and I had a rounded blank. I would sand the previously finished blank with a dirrefent grit of sand paper during each pass. I think I could turn and sand four table legs in less than half an hour. I thought it was something else. Eventually, that wore down the plastic bushing in the crafter. Later, the crafter was stolen. I still try to imagine how it all worked when I’m bored driving sometimes. I can’t piece it all together completely. That was over twenty years ago.

Anyway, about 2005, I saw they were still for sale new. But, from a UK company with a different brand name. Exact same build, though. Had to pay like $75 in tariffs. But, I still have it. Awesome little machine.
 

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I finally downloaded the manual last night...I was amazed to see what this thing can make. For example, I didn't know that it could be used to round things, or taper things. I'm planning to have fun playing with it.
 

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I have some 1/2" square stock and thought about making one out of that, but the wood was closer than the metal so I went with that just as a prototype. It works well enough so that I won't be making the metal one. I like yours, especially the round knob, which I might copy for mine.
 
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