April 17, 2019 at 6:36 am #97347
Magnus HackerParticipantApril 18, 2019 at 6:09 am #97476
I like the design and may print this out. What would be good would for there to be an easy way to adjust the shoe height vertically. I’m sure you can loosen and tighten the nuts/bolts on the 3 points that attach to the mid-assembly, but then you have to get out a screwdriver every time you change work piece height. Maybe people could just swap out the nuts for a thumbscrew for hand tightening.April 18, 2019 at 7:49 am #97485
You wouldn’t need that much height adjustment. Maybe just the bottom bracket? Or is there a flange or something for the PVC that would work?April 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm #97520
The way this type of shoe works is that you have the brushes set right on top of the work piece and the router moves up and down inside of it while it is vertically stationary. In order to work with different material thickness, you need to adjust the shoe up and down vertically and lock it in place. You’d need as much adjustment as the widest thickness you’ll cut.April 18, 2019 at 1:17 pm #97522
The way this type of shoe works is that you have the brushes set right on top of the work piece and the router moves up and down inside of it while it is vertically stationary. In order to work with different material thickness, you need to adjust the shoe up and down vertically and lock it in place. You’d need as much adjustment as the widest thickness you’ll cut.
I understand that completely. How much variance is there in thickness of the materials you’re cutting? The thickest I’ve carved is 1.5″ and the smallest was 3/8″, so about 1″ difference would be enough for me.April 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm #97535
1″ of adjustment is the difference between the the brushes sitting right above the top of a 1″ piece of wood and having it’s brushes squished against the material causing some pushback.
Yeah – you only need probably about an inch of adjustment, but without the adjustment you are kind of defeating the idea behind having the shoe static vertically. If it’s static, too much space below the shoe and you aren’t going to suck all the dust, and not enough space and the brushes will push into the material working against the motors.April 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm #97787
Thanks for your comments!
Yep, it’s a bit of a hassle to move it up and down. The way I’ve used is that the 3 points that attaches to the assembly and holds the pipe have been fixed and then I’m moving the shoe up and down. There is some room for adjustment there, maybe not a full inch but close. I may keep the screw for holding the foot, but I think I will add a nut trap to make it easier to loosen it.
I’d also like an easier way to get the whole shoe off so I can see the tool for zeroing on start/tool change. I’m thinking of something with magnets, or even sliding the brush part onto the foot (needs to be a 2 part brush holder then of course).
1 user thanked author for this post.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.