Sunday, May 27, 2012

Experimental router lift

Here is some additional photos of my experimental router lift.  The bearing is mounted to the horizontal plate and drives the vertical plate with the diagonal slot in it.  Still working on the router mount.

Experimental router lift.  The router side.

Experimental router lift.  Screw drive side.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Experimental router lift

With my ever expanding collection of timber offcuts one of my priority projects is to make a router table with lifting mechanism.  I have had a number of temporary jigs for my router over the years but since I came across the "" router table design I have been keen to build a more permanent setup.  A couple of evenings with a sketch pad and a free afternoon in the workshop produced this experimental proof of concept setup.  It is basically two sliding plates mounted in a timber frame with a 45 degree slot in one plate and a roller bearing in the other.  As you push and pull one plate horizontally the other plate is driven vertically up and down.  The plan is to bolt the frame to the side of the router table and bolt the router to the vertical plate.  An M6 screw advance should provide 1mm rise per turn and a slot and one or two locking bolts through the plates should provide enough rigidity.

Not sure why my video uploads have the colour cast.  I'll post clearer photos next time.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

One canoe down, two to go.

Canoe number one, Marisol, has left the workshop for extensive "trials".  Heavy, persistent, rain will get her ready for a sunny weekend when I can arrange a launch party.  It's good to have a clear workshop again and I might take a break from canoe building to get some of my smaller projects out of the way.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Back on deck

All this blog and book reading isn't going to get three canoes built.  Luckily I am on the mend and have been able to spend the day in the workshop getting the canoe seat installed and all the lines connected.  The floor, seat and pedals are part of the same assembly and can be completely removed for transport.  At this stage I am just trying to get everything together quickly in the knowledge that I will be changing the details after I have had a chance to try the boat on the water.  One of the questions I have is the ratio of pedal to rudder movement.  The plans show the lines mounted 7 inches from the rudder pivot and 6 inches from the pedal pivot.  This means I don't get much rudder movement from my 4 inch range of foot movement.  I'll be taking my battery drill on launch day to make adjustments if I cant make a tight turn after I push off.

Friday, May 4, 2012

NZ Shed

I've had a couple of days confined to my bunk with a flu.  Luckily, thanks to my NZ supplier, the latest edition of NZ shed mag arrived.  In the "Shed of the month" interview we are introduced to Bruce Alexander from Taranaki. Amongst other exploits Bruce and his father bought a World War II Valentine tank in 1960.  This was the basis of their famous hedge cutter mounted with a 16 foot blade.  The Taranaki locals would line up to see boxthorn and barberry infestations cleared with a 17 tonne tank mounted with cutting arm where the turret once was, powered by a second six cylinder motor.

Now that's the Kiwi spirit!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012


I recently came across the ibuildit site and thought it deserved a mention and induction to the Tinkerer's hall of fame.  I was particularly impressed with the router table design and the shop made bandsaw.

Hope you like it