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Jan 24, 2020 - 2:36:29 PM
1164 posts since 2/2/2008

Hi fellow builders.
I am looking at moving home back to New Zealand. I will not take my lathe as it weighs a tonne. I like what Dan Drabek and Rudy are doing with routers. so I might setup shop with their ideas. Would you mind sharing what bits that you use for what jobs. Maybe special tables gates etc. I imagine an angle table for necks? That should give me some idea of costs for bits.

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:14:43 PM
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7518 posts since 1/7/2005

About four years ago I posted a long series on "Building the Crow banjo". Recently, one of our members--Rives McDow--surprised me by organizing all the posts into a very nice 70 page booklet, saved as a PDF file. He organized it into an index with clickable links that will take you directly to the chosen topics. Also any URL's in the document to outside pages are live links.

I'm posting a link to the PDF below and will include a link in the Blog section of my Hangout home page. Feel free to copy, print or share the file if you like.

It's a large file, and takes a while to open, but be patient and I think there may be something in there you will find useful. Once open it can be copied if anyone cares to. 

I later did a similar series on building the resonator and fabricating custom armrest and tailpiece. 

Ken and Rudy have both posted huge amounts of building info on this forum, but you may need to do a search to locate it. 

DD

hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...22016.pdf

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:26:22 PM

1164 posts since 2/2/2008

Awesome information. I also saw you router table which is fantastic.
I think when I move overseas I will adopt this style for building.
I can see making a resonator would be so much easier than dealing with chucks and the simple fact you do not need to recenter your work when you need to remove from the lathe.
Thank you for the information I will cherish that like my bible

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:40:40 PM
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rudy

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14945 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by 5strings3picks1banjo

Hi fellow builders.
I am looking at moving home back to New Zealand. I will not take my lathe as it weighs a tonne. I like what Dan Drabek and Rudy are doing with routers. so I might setup shop with their ideas. Would you mind sharing what bits that you use for what jobs. Maybe special tables gates etc. I imagine an angle table for necks? That should give me some idea of costs for bits.


I use routers for several steps in banjo making, some with the router table and others with specialty jigs not requiring a table.

Rim: Routes for tone rings, rounding over rim edges, cutting the precise mortise for the "backstep" design banjo neck, cutting the elongated precision slot for dowel stick adjustment, occasional rim inlay or banding installation, etc.

Neck: Rectangular dowel stick roundovers, tension band notches, ogee neck scoops, trimming fingerboard profile, profiling fingerboard to neck, plunge routing slots for 3+2 slot head tuners, etc.

Bridges:  I use he router table to form long sections of bridge stock.  Once the bridge stock is made I whack off a hunk o make a new bridge as needed.  A bridge is only 15 minutes from completion once the long stock sections are made.

Other stuff, too, but I'll have to ruminate on other uses for the router.

I should take some time, gather up photos from my hard drive, and post a topic on how I use a router and request that others contibute their uses, too.

Edited by - rudy on 01/24/2020 17:45:01

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