Another Copying Method

The other designed copying method on the Torque Workcentre utilises the Copy Attachment.

This consists of a pin that follows the template, and the router is left free to move in the X and Y directions, so the pattern is duplicated into the surface of the workpiece.

Raised lettering is only one use of this technique (but it does quite a good job of selling the concept).  I’ve sourced some letters here from Bunnies, or from Spotlight (think it was Spotlight actually), and fixed them down to begin copying.

Where the previous method works well on both the TWC and Router master, the copy attachment needs the X axis travel of the full TWC.

Sign o' the Times

TWC have picked up on my suggestion for using bearings on the end of the copy attachment pin, so that development will be available in the near future.  When that comes through, it means in a case such as this, that I could rough out the pattern using a slightly larger bearing than the router bit, then switch to one that matched the router bit diameter for that final, smooth pass.

Something Familiar about that sign

This is just the first pass that I have done here, but already you can see just how effective the copy attachment is.  I’d refine how the letters (template) were fixed down – some kind of jig for the letters to be easily fixed, then moved/removed, but at this stage screwing directly to the top of the TWC works as well.

The outside border to the raised sign is very easy to achieve – simply set the stops on the Torque Workcentre!

I have a job on to produce some road signs for my daughter’s kindergarten, and this will be the technique I use for that job – raised letter road signs, with raised borders etc.  Should look great!  Wonder if they will be picked up by VicRoads for their road signs…? 😉

2 Responses

  1. What a great copying tool. Even so early, it is looking dead on!

  2. stu if you had a range of letters with dowels underneath they could be seated in a pegboard type base so that they would not need to be screwed down and you could mount borders etc in a similar way

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