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ernie kleinman
08-19-2013, 06:23 AM
I would like to upgrade my DIY router setup for cutting uke rosettes . It/s an old M. ward dremel tool with a dremel circle cutting jig and a 1/4in metal dowel.The cutter is a 1/8in shank carbide bit with abt a 3/32in cut. I noticed on my last resotte that I was out abt 10-15 thousands of an inch. I would like to narrow that down to abt .002- .005. suggestions?? I was using a 3/4in mdf backer board with a 1/4in hole . I/m guessing that there is some play in the shaft of the old M ward ,I have other dremel tools as well , and they all seem to exhibit a bit of play in the shaft. I don/t want to waste time truing up the dremel shaft .What are you folks using to make accurate tight rosette channels thanks.

mzuch
08-19-2013, 07:26 AM
I use a Foredom flex shaft tool instead of the Dremel, with the Stew-Mac handset and circle routing jig. Works great.

ernie kleinman
08-19-2013, 09:05 AM
could you please explain what you mean by stewmac handset ?? is it something specific for the foredom?? thanks

Kevin Waldron
08-19-2013, 09:09 AM
We personally use the drill press tool made by LuthierTool ( pictures enclosed ) the item is somewhat pricey. ( http://youtu.be/b2-9JLDnneo )You might consider making something on your own similar to this as a non-adjustable.

The Foredom and router base circle cutter works great as well, we also use several of these in our shop for inlay details, notching etc.

You could also consider using an air die grinder and making your own jig.... here is one that a friend sells. ( http://www.bluescreekguitars.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=57&products_id=18 ) Both these guys are friends and make great products.

Blessings,

Kevin

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ernie kleinman
08-19-2013, 10:39 AM
kevin the luthier tool jig is vy slick . But if i spend the $$ wife might not talk to me lol. I do have a foredom,. assuming stew mac makes a circle cutting jig for it. Thanks for the ideas everyone.

mzuch
08-19-2013, 02:41 PM
could you please explain what you mean by stewmac handset ?? is it something specific for the foredom?? thanks

Stew-Mac has a custom handset for the foredom that accepts the Dremel threads so its jigs will fit. Check it out here (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Routers/Foredom_Power_Tools/Foredom_Handpiece.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=41960).

ernie kleinman
08-19-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks I get it now.I/d have to get their custom handset to match the router base.

Liam Ryan
08-19-2013, 06:08 PM
I use a rosette cutter as made by Micheal Conner.

It's about half way down this page:
http://michealconnorwoodwork.com.au/workbenches/workbenches/workbenches.html

It works really well, is quiet, and comes sharper than a razor.

Disclaimer: Although Micheal is a mate, I have no commercial interest in this product.

Sven
08-19-2013, 06:17 PM
I use the same as Liam. I haven't done many rosettes yet but it's also excellent for any hole size up to that for the soundwell in my resos. And it's one of the most beautiful tools I own.

Liam Ryan
08-19-2013, 08:18 PM
Sven, you should see the machine he uses to grind the blades for the cutters. It's a Soviet era thing that's build like a tank. The grinding wheels can be moved in increments of 1/1000 of a mm. No typo.

Sven
08-19-2013, 10:04 PM
I think Micheal should make a manual binding rabbet cutter, or gramil. Plant the idea, I'll buy one as soon as it exists.

ernie kleinman
08-20-2013, 03:11 AM
thanks for all the replys.

FVGuitars
08-20-2013, 04:21 AM
Like mzch I use stw-Mac Soundhole/Rosette Routing Jig, it works well,
but for some uke's soundhole it don't work because the hole is too small for the guide

In fact, I had to remedy so: :)

http://imageshack.us/a/img407/3050/dige.jpg

Rob-C
08-20-2013, 05:25 AM
I'm using the General Tools no 55 circle cutter in the drill press:
http://www.generaltools.com/55--HEAVY-DUTY-CIRCLE-CUTTER_p_224.html

It takes standard lathe tool blanks and I've made a selection of cutters for internal & external circles, various width rosette grooves etc.

FVGuitars
08-20-2013, 05:49 AM
I'm using the General Tools no 55 circle cutter in the drill press:
http://www.generaltools.com/55--HEAVY-DUTY-CIRCLE-CUTTER_p_224.html

It takes standard lathe tool blanks and I've made a selection of cutters for internal & external circles, various width rosette grooves etc.


probably this is the best and it is cheap

ernie kleinman
08-20-2013, 09:46 AM
I/ve got a general but I would be afraid to use it on a uke.Stew- mac has a new circle cutter that will cut down to 2in for ukes just ordered one