Homemade Router Jig – Bench Top Turn Table

I have this idea about using a gear reduction system to create a large turntable on top of my workbench. To make the turn table I needed a right angle drive and found a 40:1 right angle gear reduction on eBay. (I am talking to a distributor about getting them for viewers that might be interested in using one)

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After making a simple mounting plate I mounted it under my work bench and installed a shaft to drive the system with a drill. I am going to do some wild and crazy things with this turn table but, to keep things simple I tested it out with a router sled that ride over the top of the turn table.

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With just a simple router sled I was able to very quickly plane the surface of an oak slab using as surfacing router bit. I also ran a half inch spiral bit over the surface to see how it preformed and it too did a nice job, while it took a bit longer then the surfacing bit the end results were also good.

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I have spent a fair amount of time over the years using a router sled on end grain cutting board and log cut off and am kicking myself for not trying this sooner the amount of time saved this way is huge.

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After playing with the surfacing application I also dished out a small bowl very quickly and experimented with setting the sled at an angle to create sloped profiles which also worked really well. The last thing I tried was doing some off axis stuff to make decorative patterns and again I was happy with the speed and results.

I am already working on the next add on for my bench top turntable and am really excites to test some more ideas.

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