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Horizontal Routing

#253772 by mmcdonough » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:24 am

Has anyone created a jig or done horizontal routing on the Shopsmith?

Thanks
Mike

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253783 by sehast » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:47 pm

Yes. I built this table/jig last year.

general-woodworking-f5/horizontal-mortising-t20675.html#p241218

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253785 by garys » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:09 pm

I did some horizontal routing for a number of years. I was never happy with the results due to the lack of RPMs of the Shopsmith. Routing at only 5000 rpms makes the job more difficult than it needs to be. The newer Mark 7 would work better than the older Mark 5.
In later years, I picked up a 2.5hp stand alone router and mounted it on a table. This one runs at 23,000rpms and makes routing much easier and does a better job.
You can do routing on the Shopsmith, but it isn't ideal.

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253792 by everettdavis » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:37 am

It only gets you to 10,000 RPM but I have always wondered how the speed increaser might improve that.

http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/cata ... reaser.htm

I have never had access to one to try.

Everett

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253794 by mmcdonough » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:11 am

Thank you for the Pic's they have given some ideas how to try it out.

Mike

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253801 by chapmanruss » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:27 pm

The Speed Increaser doubles the speed but I would wonder if it could handle 20,000 RPM output. I still have my Speed Increaser but I am reluctant to try. I guess slowly increasing the speed to test it out would be the best way to try.

This setup would also allow for under-table horizontal routing.

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253805 by sehast » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:35 pm

I have used both the speed increaser and the PowerPro. The PowerPro is by far superior. Both go to 10,000 RPM but only the PowerPro does it with adequate power to turn large diameter bits. I have found that the PowerPro does a fair job using bits 3/8" and up. For bits over 1 inch in diameter I think it is as good or better than a standard router because it has more power and 10,000 RPM is fast enough to get a pretty good cut. I have a 1 1/2 inch flush trim bit, a 2 inch planer bit and a 2 inch rabbiting bit all from Infinity that perform great.

https://www.infinitytools.com/mega-flus ... outer-bits

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Re: Horizontal Routing

#253833 by reible » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:01 pm

chapmanruss wrote:The Speed Increaser doubles the speed but I would wonder if it could handle 20,000 RPM output. I still have my Speed Increaser but I am reluctant to try. I guess slowly increasing the speed to test it out would be the best way to try.

This setup would also allow for under-table horizontal routing.


The speed increaser is limited to 10K rpm. While it might work at some point above that you may also expect it to fail a lot sooner. Going to 20K rpm will most certainly kill it quickly.

Keep in mind smaller bits can run upwards of 30K rpm larger bits will require much slower rpm. How ever slow on routers can still be in the 12K range, still faster then the shopsmith.

I don't do too much with the shopsmith as a router, in my opinion get a real router for most projects and you will be glad you did. While you can use the shopsmith as a router you have to work a lot slower to make up for the lack of rpm.

I feel powerpro would have been better off with a slower bottom end and slower top end. Maybe 100 rpm to 8K rpm but that is not what they decided to do.

Ed

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