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Often, I'll hear people say that it takes a lot of tools to get involved in woodworking. The fact is, you don't have to go out and buy a shop full of equipment. Just take a few basic tools and make them work harder.
The router is a perfect example. With a few jigs and accessories, you can do everything from cutting tenons and making mortises to shaping pieces or squaring up an edge. In a nutshell, it's the most versatile tool in the shop.
In this issue, we're featuring a project that makes the router even more versatile — a shop-made pin router.
Pin Router - If you're not familiar with pin routers, the basic concept is rather simple. A cutter is suspended over a guide pin, and a template is attached to the bottom of the workpiece. By moving the workpiece around the guide pin, you can cut an exact duplicate of the pattern.
If a pin router sounds like a tool that would be great to have in a shop, you're absolutely right. Unfortunately it's a rather large and expensive tool, so you won't find it in many home shops.
Our pin router avoids both of these
problems. It doesn't take up much space, and it's inexpensive to build. In fact you probably already have most of the materials on hand. Some MDF (or plywood), and hardboard, a couple of hardwood strips, and a few pieces of hardware is all you'll need. For more on what this pin router can do and step-by-step instructions for using it, check out the article beginning on page 18.
Drill Press Table - If a router is the most versatile tool in the shop, then the drill press would be a close second. Here again, we've taken a good tool and made it even better by designing a full-featured table and fence.
For starters, this project features a large worksurface that offers extra support for long workpieces. Then we added an adjustable fence and stop system.
But we didn't stop there. This table also can perform double-duty as a drum sanding station. It features replaceable inserts that you can size to fit different drum sanders and a hookup for a shop vacuum helps deal with the dust
Whether you build one of these projects, or both, you'll be making the tools you have work just a little bit harder.
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