Has anyone made one of the woodsmith plans style router milling machines or anything similar? I have a design in progress and need to decide whether to use a 1 1/4HP plunge router or a 2/3HP trimmer router. This is strictly a hobby project for machining ornamental table legs etc. so speed and so on aren't necessarily a very high priority.
Hi i have 2 one is a very expensive copy lathe and the other is one i made many years ago quite simple all on 2 parallel tubes and some cogs a plate under the router and bolts to give the height difference to can set up quite a easy 1/4" router to then copy the template with a piece of ply and a ball baring to follow the template
i will take some time to do some drawings soon
I would recommend the higher HP since you might be working in hard wood at higher speeds and don't want to bog down (burn the wood) or run out of power. In addition, the more complex your cutting tools, the more power you would like to have.
Depending on the cuts you are making, similar to a metal machine lathe, I would also recommend several passes rather than trying to remove too much stock in one pass. I have watched wonderfully dangerous explosions happen both with metal and wood lathes, and it gets pretty ugly and dangerous. Metal working tends to function slower with more power, but you will need to balance spinning a leg at the right speed (or not) with the speed of the router. Double action (spinning a leg while routing a design at the same time requires some coordination of speed (spinning RPMs) and travel (length travel with the router).
Thanks for the imput guys. The version I'm planning will be able to copy existing profiled legs (or their templates) as well as doing barley/rope twists and taper turning etc. I don't imagine the work piece will ever spin at more than 30rpm so that's one potential danger I won't be facing. The size of the router bits can be pretty large, especially cove bits, and unlike the original design above I do plan on adding an automated left-right feed for the router so getting the bit bogged down could be potentially dodgy.
I'll attach a sketchup image of my design which is still in the late planning stages and if anyone has any comments they'd be most welcome.
The full sketchup plans can be downloaded from here if anyone cares to take a look.
Last edited by Walney Col; 11-23-2016 at 05:46 PM.
There are these days even more powerful machines that are quite small and handy, perfect for fixed instalment, that I would have a look at too and compare before I buy one. Best thing is to go to a professional hardware store, and have them show and tell you about the machine (in depth). Then when you made up your mind, you can always buy it online if the price differs too much.
Good luck with your project!
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