Jerry all the Rose Engine builders that I know use small bench grinders like the little Ryobi Bench Grinder, or small sowing machine motors as the engine, there would be no reason why you could not use a small Router like a laminate trimmer, I am using a long nose electric die grinder for some cuts and it is very handy as it already has a 1/4 collet, I have had a quick look for some of the photos I have of these Rose Engines and just now I can't put my hands on them, I do have them so if I can find them then I will post them on your thread, OK forget all that I found three, there are more but on these then you can just see the front of the Ryobi bench grinder. N
Harry I am friends with some guys here in Sydney Called "The Ornamental Wood Turners' These old guys are as cool as and they make these Rose Engines from scratch, they rock and tilt and roll, OK they wobble as well and they do create the neatest designs in plates and other things, some of the rose engines took hundreds of hours to build, they also use them to create the nicest engraved urns, I met them when I was researching design details for my router lathe and my shaft design came totally from them, they also pointed out to me the benefits of using a wood lathe chuck (as you see in the photos) to hold the work piece, they meet once a month and if I had the time then I would hang out with them a lot more. Neville
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