For some operations on the Torque Workcentre, such as surfacing, you want the shaft of the router (and therefore the bit) to be perfectly perpendicular to the working surface of the workbench.

You can certainly achieve this by trial and error, but I prefer a less empirical approach, and thought that the way that you can accurately set a drill press table would also work well here.  Using the Carbatec Deluxe Alignment System, mounting it in the collet of the router and (non powered!!!!) rotating it around you can easily measure where it is high, and low.

Dial Gauge Calibration

Ignoring whether it is forward or back, adjust the Y axis rotation until the high and low points are exactly parallel to the Y axis.  Then work with tilting the tool until there is almost (to no) movement of the dial gauge throughout.


Somehow I managed to get the rotation to happen at just the right place, that the point of the dial gauge missed every single hole.  Didn’t imagine that’d be possible!

I was originally wondering if there was a way of using a laser mounted in the router, but the dial gauge is going to give a pretty good result!

The sort of laser I was thinking is actually a kerf-laser from a saw – it is normally mounted on the arbor next to the blade, and the spinning saw turns on the laser.  If this was instead mounted on a shaft like is done with some slot-cutting router bits, I thought this might be a way of projecting a horizontal line, perpendicular to the router shaft.


One Response

  1. Stu, If you had a laser pointing down at an angle you would create a circle when the router spun. If you had a circle drawn on the working surface sized for the router at a set height above the table you’d be able to see when the router is parallel to the surface. If not the circle would become an ellipse.

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