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 SketchUp component - SRK

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Dik Harrison

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PostSubject: SketchUp component - SRK   March 6th 2009, 5:52 am

I have uploaded an SRK Dynamic Component to the EZ collection on the 3D Warehouse. You can enter how far the slider is extended (0" to 8") and the vertical position of the router base (0.5" to -0.75"). You can turn on or off a setup guide used for placing the router bit location.



Dik Harrison Posted:

I edited the SRK component to include the router.



You can enter how far the slider is extended (0" to 8") and the vertical position of the router base (-0.56" to +0.8"). You can turn on or off a setup guide used for placing the router bit location. A router bit can be selected, and depth of plunge can be entered. 0" puts the bit on the material surface, positive numbers plunge it into the material (1" max), and negative numbers raise the bit above the material (-1.18" max).

Kevin L. Pauba Posted:

Simply amazing, Dik. I'm going to ask Santa for 1/5th of your sketchup (and ww'ing) talent!


Dik Harrison Replied:

Thank you Kevin. I'm just having fun.

John Schreiber Posted:

You are having fun indeed Dik. Thanks for putting those out for us to
use; it really helps me to be able to move things around in SU to see
how I can make the EZ system work.


Keith Bueckendorf Posted:

Very nice illustrations. Ive viewed your other animations and think
they do help translate the EZ concept very well. Router installation
for the SRK begs to be clarified. I just bought an SRK for my system
and want to install my milwaukee 2 1/2 hp plunge router. Dinos video
installing the hitachi fixed base router is simple-got it.

But in the photos of the Porter Cable plunge router provided with the
installation instructions is backwards from what would be normal for
hand held use, with all of the controls facing away from me making a
plunge operation that much more difficult. Why is this? And doesn't
pulling the router towards you on your initial cuts (as per the youtube
video demos) mean you are climb cutting your cuts? doesn't that violate
one of the ten commandments of router safety?

A CD of your animations should came with every SGS- what a great marketing tool!


Burt Waddel Replied:

Keith,

How the router is facing and mounted is a personal decision. I prefer
to have my router turned 90 degrees to the way Dik is illustrating his.
Which direction it faces would be to comply with my wishes to either
push or pull. Also, to a large degree, you can ignore the normal
directional rules when using the SRK if you watch what you are doing.
The one thing to remember is to always move the router by using the
knob on the traveler.

Keith Bueckendorf Posted:

thanks for the advice Burt

Burt


I have noticed with my particular router (milwaukee 2 1/2 hp
plunge)there really is no ideal way to mount it to suit all user and
guiderail position combinations, the dust extractor hose is designed to
be directly opposite the user. i like to have my power switch where i
can see it, and some of the mounting options ive seen wouldnt allow it.
so, if i want to form an edge on a long run in a ripping position, and
then run dados from a crosscutting position, then router position gets
a little awkward.

Burt Waddel Replied:

I don't see where it is that awkward. Again, let me emphasize the knob on the traveler.


Dik Harrison Replied:

Keith,

Very nice illustrations. Ive viewed
your other animations and think they do help translate the EZ concept
very well.


Thank you, that is their purpose (and to give me something to do during those early morning hours when I can't sleep).

Router installation for the SRK begs to be clarified. I just bought an
SRK for my system and want to install my milwaukee 2 1/2 hp plunge
router. Dinos video installing the hitachi fixed base router is
simple-got it.


I would suggest using small pieces of double sided tape to
temporarily attach the router to the SRK in different positions and
make dry runs of the kinds of cuts you think you will be making. This
way you will get a feel for how it will go and some experience thinking
about how to make a cut and how to set it up. DO NOT
ACTUALLY MAKE ANY CUTS WITH THIS SETUP!!!
You should
then be able to decide how you want your router attached.

But in the photos of the Porter Cable plunge router provided with
the installation instructions is backwards from what would be normal
for hand held use, with all of the controls facing away from me making
a plunge operation that much more difficult. Why is this? And doesn't
pulling the router towards you on your initial cuts (as per the youtube
video demos) mean you are climb cutting your cuts? doesn't that violate
one of the ten commandments of router safety?


Since the work piece is firmly held in place, the router is being
guided by the SRK and rail, and you have a firm grip on the router and
SRK control knob, there is little chance of the router or work piece
"taking off" with a climbing cut. I have found that I get a cleaner cut
this way than with a non-climbing cut. There is a greatly reduced
tendency for splinters to be pulled out in routs with the grain. Again,
like most every thing EZ, it is your preference. I would never consider
making a climbing cut on my router table or with freehand routing.

I must reiterate Burt's point, the router should be moved with the SRK
control knob. The hand on the router just steadies the router.

A CD of your animations should came with every SGS- what a great marketing tool!


I guess that could happen some day, but I have to get a lot of
videos completed before that is possible. I have too many major
projects here around the house that greatly limit the time and effort I
can put into these videos.

Thank you John.

And Kevin, your comment "I'm going to ask Santa for 1/5th of your
sketchup (and ww'ing) talent!"
reminds me of a funny story I have about
an incident in my working career.

There was a user (I was Operations Manager for a hospital IT shop) that
while developing applications in Excel or Access, would ofter come to
me for help in accomplishing some task he could not figure out. While I
would not categorize him as a pest, that was my job (kind of), he could
be very persistent. Once after I had helped him with a particularly
difficult (for him, easy for me) problem, he said; "I sure wish I had
half your computer abilities." Without thinking, I replied; "I do too."
Needless to say, we both got a good laugh out of that.

Keith Bueckendorf Replied:

Thanks for your comments dik, burt...

earlier i did some dry runs with everything mocked up- i think ive got
it now. i just didn't want to start swiss cheesing the base plate with
holes so soon.

and burt, i think the awkwardness its just having things positioned differently from where im used to having things.

thanks guys-

keith

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