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Posted 08 April 2008 - 08:20 PM
i was thinking wood when I made my suggestion but it may be a little difficult to clamp it in square. I agree that plaster would be too soft or brittle. Just use bolts with whatever you use and counter sink the side against your guide on the router table. I don't know I think it will work. Let us know.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 04:32 AM
Holey Maguiver Jamie ! I would need a book of instructions and a fold out 2`x 2` color illustration board! . My drillpress does turn 90 degrees though, If I could controll the depth of the bit, I might be getting somewhere. Any possibility of a pic?
vodkaman - I picked up the glue and sawdust - I think I'll try it and see what happens, yah never know. My co-worker said to use as little glue as possible and the sawdust soaks a lot of it up, he made jigs like this for his work shop.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:27 AM
I hope it works for you. It doesn't get much cheaper. If it works, it will be the most durable mold out there.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:54 PM
reefslinger its not as hard as you think to make.The one I made was a simple basic router with no perks. A man could set down and really make a nice one thats has adjustable settings but the one I made was really basic, I just wanted to see if the idea would work. You really have to use your imagination when making things on your own. I have a flex shaft attachment for my dremmel ,now take the handle and lay it on a table and imagine the bit going through a fence on your router table.I had a wooden crate in the garage and then I cut 3/4 inch plywood the same width of the box but about 12 inches taller than the box. Secure the plywood to the box ,with screws, with the bottom of the box faceing up and the 12 inch extra length of the plywood standing up. Now look what u have a table with a fence. I took a bit and drilled a hole through the fence were i wanted the bit to stick out. Now all you have to do is secure the handle to the flex shaftand make a cradle for the handle to rest in. make a rack shaped like this |____| out of some scap 1 inch wood and drill a hole through both sides of the posts so your handle can slide through . Now you have a start for your cradle. Measure the the distance from the bottom of your handle that suspended in the rack and the bottom of your rack and cut a spine out of wood with the hieght of the measurement you just took and the lenght of you rack and secure it to the inside of the rack under your handle. I then screwed two hose clamps to the spine then clamped down the handle. Then I secured the rack to the back side of the fence so the bit was sticking through the hole that I drilled earlier in the fence. You have to play with the depth a little till you find the right setting for the cut in your bait. Does this make sense? Like I said a simple design but could really be thought out and made into a real versital tool.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:09 PM
Out of curiosity how many are you cutting. If it just a few I would use a vice with a rag holding the lure in place and cutting it with a 1/8" wide hand saw. Cutting with light strokes. I hope this dosn't sound dumb. Just trying to help.
Posted 09 April 2008 - 09:35 PM
Jamie. Your construction does sound very interesting, but I did get lost. Any chance of some photo's.
For just a few lures, I would stick a couple of strips of electricians tape, to act as guides and cut the slot with a suitable dremel bit (barrel router bit and ball end bit).
Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:38 PM
I will try to post some this weekend. My brother has my digital camera
Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:38 PM
Lets see if I can get these pics up on the horizontal router. Please remember that it only took 30 minutes to make and dont grade me on craftsmanship but basic design. I just wanted to see if this idea would work and didnt want to put alot of time in making it. This table is very basic and I have already made a design for one with height adjustments.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:50 PM
I forgot to add that I adjusted the bit all the way out so that you could see the bit placement on the table.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:11 AM
Jamie - Thanks for the pics. I get it now (I'm very right brained and a picture means a bazzilion words to me )
Vodka - Man, were you right about the glue! Finally got around to making the jig - added sawdust to wood glue - 48 hrs later still wet. Of course after thinking about it, if large amounts of wood glue stay in a liquid form in its container, why would harden unless applied in thin amounts. Anyways, picked up some bondo today - that should work.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:43 AM
Try your finest sander dust and some 'dope' mixed, I use it for wood filler matching on furniture. Dries quick and can be sanded near invisible. pete
7 DAYS AN I AM OUTA HERE
Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:36 AM
Jamie, looks very good, should work. Like you said, the next variation should have height adjustment. I'll try and think of a solution.
Reefslinger, I'm in the UK at the moment and next to my brother. He has made molds using the sawdust/PVA method. He applied the mixture in 5mm layers and built them up gradually. The result is an indestructable mold, but takes more time and effort.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:40 PM
Vodkaman Ive already thought of a solution to make the height adjustable. I typed out the directions on how to do it but it confused me when I read it so I deleted it.In a nutshell to make the adjustment its like taking two pieces of plywood stack them together and drill a hole through both of them. then take one piece and make inch or two long grooves for bolts to slide up and down in. Stick the two pieces together run a bolt and wing nut through the holes and tighten. the bolts will slide up and down in the one board with the grooves to make hieght adjustments. Now use your imagination on how to use this idea on this tool.
Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:43 PM
If you havent made the bondo fixture yet, skip it. Return it to the store and get your money back. Go over to the walmart or any local craft store and pick up a bar of Sculpey III polymer clay. This stuff seems hard when you buy it but you need to work it with your hands for a few minutes and it gets soft. Push it into a square shaped dish or box. Push the lure into the clay so it takes the shape you it needs to cradle it. Pull the lure out and put the Sculpey into the oven for 20 minutes at 285 degrees. And ther is your fixture. The clay cost about $2 for a brick big enough to make fixtures for 2 or 3 common sized cranks. It isnt a ceramic or stone. It is a plastic so it wont crack the way regular clay does. It can also be worked like wood when it is cured. Have fun.................