Enough Torque, More Action

Not that the build-to-order time is at all unreasonable (actually pretty quick) – I just can’t wait for the unit to be completed!

I keep thinking of other ways the unit may be used, and am keen to see what ideas will work, and which may not.

My latest ideas include:

– a form of Bas-Relief of a Stu’s Shed sign, using a real blade set at an angle as the template for that portion of the sign,

– using the Carb-i-tool 3D Router Carver templates with the copy attachment as an easier way of producing those designs (I think that will work exceptionally well),

– using a copy atttachment that has the ability to fit different bearing sizes so the same template can be used for different effects

– creating a pantograph for use with the copy attachment for scaling patterns/templates both up and down

– doing some sort of spirograph effect

– using some form of rudamentary lathe (basically just to hold the work) with an index ring for overhead routing of round objects – such as creating a fluted column or the like

– expanding that concept, with a gear on the lathe, and a second on a thread controlling the x-position of the router, and you can now rout a helix.  No I haven’t explained that at all well – I know what I mean though 🙂

– 3D object duplication – using the Torque as a wood mill (as in a metal mill for wood)

There are lots of possibilities once you have solid control over an overhead-mounted router.


2 Responses

  1. Would this be a good tool for mortising?

    • Really good actually – unlike mortising on the router table, you have excellent control over the router, and can see as it is being plunged into the workpiece. You can still use stops to control the mortise length, and width, and can still choose once you have plunged in whether to move the router or the workpiece (I’d be surprised if you didn’t choose the router option!)

      Adding a spiral cutter for chip clearance, and it is even better.

      By using the stops on the x, y and z axis, you can precisely set up the mortise cut, and then you have excellent repeatability.

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