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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,

Was fairly surprised recently when I was browsing some threads about bowls and realised that some jobs that I always assumed would be done on a lathe are also perfectly feasible using a router and jigs.

Anybody got any further examples of jobs done with router that my old ignorant self would have assumed was a lathe.

Just want to get a better feel for what people do and whats possible.

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Bill,
There are a few instances of using a router for a lathe. Although it can be done it cant compete with a lathe for standard bowls. But if you are doing something off center, strange looking or not round a router is a way to go. Biggest hurdle is not being able to sand as well as you can on a lathe.

Here are a couple examples of using my router attached to my homemade milling machine.
One is a bowl with legs that were cut into in the process, they are not attached afterward. I never did finish it it was more of an experiment.
The other one is an oblong bowl that you could not do on a lathe
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A lot of spindle work can be done with a router. I've made a few canes and table legs with a home made jig.
I'm not accomplished enough at jig making to attempt a bowl like Mark's bowl with legs. (That's very neat, BTW Mark).

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A nice job and very interesting.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Thanks Gents,

Interesting pot that one with the legs and done with a router !

How do you cut a spindle with a router ?

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Bill,

Here are a couple examples of using my router attached to my homemade milling machine.
One is a bowl with legs that were cut into in the process, they are not attached afterward. I never did finish it it was more of an experiment.
The other one is an oblong bowl that you could not do on a lathe
Hi, Mark.

Can you give to us some details about your homemade milling machine?

I only saw one of your projects. The bowl with legs is missing, at least for me.

Best regards.

We, woodworkers are everywhere!!!
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Papa,
Here is a link to post about my machine.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...g-machine.html
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