Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

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Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by atanguay » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:53 am

Does anyone have the base shapes they're working from to make a new spindle mount?

I'm trying to mount a Harbor Freight Trim Router ($25!) I got today and my plan was to cut some nylon to make the new mounts. So I'm drawing that up. But it would be a nice time saver if I had a start with the MakerSlide mount area already speced out.

I'll be happy to share out my shapes when I finish them if someone gets something out of them

Thanks!
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by RSWeaverAz » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:34 am

I picked up one of the Harbor Freight cut out tools 10, or so days ago. Nice in that it has collets for 1/8" and 1/4" diameter bit shanks.
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Looking for Off the Shelf clamps, and found something at Home depot that might work:

Carlon 2-1/2 in. PVC Conduit Clamp
Model # E977KC-CAR Store SKU # 739161

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Link: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R ... rch=e977kc

Actual inside diameter is more like 2-7/8" but its a bit flexible. The holes are about 4-1/2" center to center and its about 5-1/2" wide,
probably a problem in itself, as thats way wider than makerslide.

I'm thinking of drilling a small hole in the clamp front and mounting over the bottom lip on the trim router that has a nut like thread
projecting out of it, (where the orange handle was mounted). Early experiments show it will be a nice snug fit, and with that screw
fitting extending out of the clamp, will help prevent the router from rolling.
It might partially block access to the spindle lock, as the clamp is about 1" wide

A second clamp will probably require some double sided sticky tape or possibly a different clamp.
There is a 2-1/2 metal clamp I found at the Home Depot web site, but was not at the actual store
This might work, although it would protrude quite a bit (1-1/4" to the back of the router!) from the Z-axis makerslide

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Link: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/sto ... =100172448

Now that I have a working drill press i'll try drilling out the clamp and get a picture of it mounted on the router. Also need to see how much room there is to actually mount stuff to the Z-axis.
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by RSWeaverAz » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:09 am

I have also been experimenting with OpenSCAD (its free) and found this project on Thingiverse
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:15267

its parametric, I was able to change the "clamp" part so it extends more, and wraps around the spindle more.

.stl and .scad files are on thingiverse ...

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Instead of a torch, think of it holding a spindle ...
possibly with one of those adjustable steel hose clamps around it as well.

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I know some people here on the ShapeOko forum also are working on Barts ORD Bots which could probably print this from ABS/ PLA filament,
however I'm wondering if this could be cut or drilled on a ShapeOko? using a nylon or something?
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by atanguay » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:40 pm

That's the one.

You know, one thing I found about this cutter though, is that the first one I got did not spin perfectly at the collet. It seemed to wobble.

So I took it back to the store and went through the other three they had and found one that spun straighter. You might want to check yours and make sure it's spinning straight. I spose you can't complain too much for $25. But still. The new one seems much more true.
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by Improbable Construct » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:43 pm

Here is a link to the DW660 spindle mounts that Edward drew up.
I have been using them with great success.
I don't know the size of the HF cut off tool but it is probably similar.
http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... t=30#p1740
Also, the wiki has more information about the similar mounts for a dremel type tool.
http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Spindle_Mount

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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by edwardrford » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:08 pm

RSWeaverAz wrote:...

Looking for Off the Shelf clamps, and found something at Home depot that might work:

Carlon 2-1/2 in. PVC Conduit Clamp
Model # E977KC-CAR Store SKU # 739161

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Sorry, i just noticed this thread! Not trying to discourage you here, but I've tried both of those and wanted to share my experience :-)

1.) The top clamp (PVC) doesn't work because the trim router (or dremel type tool) is not symmetrical. The clamp needs the object to be round where the tools are actually an oval shape. I even tried shimming the sides with thin strips of rubber... but the clamp just wouldn't hold tight.

2.) The second one (Pipe Hanger) is way too flimsy. For everything that I tried to do to stiffen it up, the clamp would still twist / bend.
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by atanguay » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:13 pm

Thanks Brandon. I eventually went ahead and measured and tried to make my own last night. I'll post them here. I added a little loop off the side for maybe a little compressed air line. Thought that might be handy. Or maybe a tiny cup holder - everything is better with a cup holder.

Sadly I wasn't even close to being able to cut through the nylon I got at a local place that has drops for sale.
Either my knockoff Dremel was running too fast then melting the stuff, or running too slow and not cutting at all. Big chicken before the egg problem here - I can't use the torque from the new cutter before I make some mounts, but I can't get my mounts made. :roll:
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Post by edwardrford » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:33 pm

atanguay wrote: Or maybe a tiny cup holder - everything is better with a cup holder.
cracked me up!
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by Improbable Construct » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:04 pm

atanguay wrote: Big chicken before the egg problem here - I can't use the torque from the new cutter before I make some mounts, but I can't get my mounts made.
I had the same problem! My knockoff dremel died in a shower of sparks and fire. I made a hacked set of mounts by printing the design on paper and spray gluing it onto some HDPE. I used a hole saw for the center then cut the rest out with a jigsaw. It was ugly but worked long enough to make a nice set with my new spindle.
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Re: Trim Router Mounting CAD/Shapes?

Post by atanguay » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:14 pm

It was ugly but worked long enough to make a nice set with my new spindle.
Ah yes...that is ingenius.
Like carving some crutches out of a tree branch so you can hobble to the medical supply place. 8-)
cracked me up!
Yeah. If I have one beef with the ShapeOko design, it's lack of cupholder.
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