A First Copy Run

I’d seen it used (by Lazy Larry), but it is always a different experience when you get to try out a tool or technique for yourself.

As a bit of a test, I set up the copy attachment on the Torque Workcentre to duplicate an MDF “S” I’d picked up somewhere, copying it into pine.  I didn’t even bother changing router bits – just using whatever bit happened to already be mounted.  Turned out to be a cove bit (normally, you’d carefully choose a bit for the desired effect, but in this case I was interested in the overall technique, not the specific result.)

Copy Attachment on the Torque

As you can see from the drifts of sawdust, I haven’t the dust extraction setup connected yet – once the router is in the actual router mount (and not using the circular saw mount as I am doing here), I will be able to use the excellent Torque collector that surrounds the bit, and has brushes all round the edge.

Nevertheless, as can be seen a very interesting technique, with significant amounts of promise.

The copy attachment rises and falls with the z-axis plunge, and that is very useful for 3D copying.  However, I am also interested in seeing if there is a way of having the copy attachment mounted independent of the z-axis movements of the router mount.

I have also been giving some consideration to the copy attachment pin itself.  The one that came with the machine has dual ends – one with a 6mm diameter tip, and the other end with a 4mm.  That may be good for standard copying, but my idea is to have multiple, replaceable tips, perhaps even ones that will be bolted into place.

Different tips, including a range of diameters (such as 12, 16, 25mm), and different profiles, including a 45 degree tip (with a starting diameter of 30mm), and even a geared, free-spinning gear as a tip for spirograph type creations using a laser-type router bit (a very fine, sharp, solid carbide router bit from Carb-i-tool)  The possibilities of this tool!

Spirograph Design

The Cat is Out of the Bag

As has been discovered by members of the Australian Woodworking Forums, the Triton website has (prematurely?) revealed the stockist of Triton in Australia.

Not sure if it was planned for the news to come out this way, but now it is in the public domain I guess I’m now free to reveal it:

The Carbatec stores throughout Australia will be the main (only?)/ major suppliers of Triton in Australia!

Not only the workcentres (table saw, router table), but power tools as well, including the highly regarded Triton Router.

The Triton Website reveals the new Australian Stockists

I’ll post more details as Carbatec are ready to release them.

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