View Full Version : My take on a binding router setup

Gary Gill
07-08-2014, 04:38 AM
I searched the 'net and saw various ways to cut channels for binding and this is my version. I used a guide from my old Rockwell router base and it works as long as I keep the body in the same relative position. I will probably invest in a bit and several bearings soon enough. I had some concerns about using full extension ball bearing slides but they move smoothly and there is no noticeable play. The brick and 'C' clamp balance the weight.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/N9ZYE/BindingRouter-1.jpg (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/N9ZYE/media/BindingRouter-1.jpg.html)
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/N9ZYE/BindingRouter-5.jpg (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/N9ZYE/media/BindingRouter-5.jpg.html)
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/N9ZYE/BindingRouter-4.jpg (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/N9ZYE/media/BindingRouter-4.jpg.html)
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/N9ZYE/BindingRouter-3.jpg (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/N9ZYE/media/BindingRouter-3.jpg.html)

Gary Gill
07-08-2014, 04:39 AM
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a81/N9ZYE/BindingRouter-2.jpg (http://s9.photobucket.com/user/N9ZYE/media/BindingRouter-2.jpg.html)

07-08-2014, 05:19 AM
Very well done. Sometimes the quality of a tool, especially a home made one, is a clear indication of the quality of the instrument. Here is what I use.

07-08-2014, 07:09 AM
Looks good Gary. I built a similar setup but use rubber bands as a counter weight. I intend to get springs for it some day, but never have since the rubber bands work well. I made my own adjustable guide but have since switched to a bit with bearings. I can't overstate what a big improvement it is over my guide.

Gary Gill
07-08-2014, 11:18 PM
Thanks for the kind words. The workmate as a temporary bench is low to see the cutting action. Next time I use it, I will raise it higher for a better view.