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PostSubject: Indexing the SRK   March 15th 2009, 3:14 pm

This thread was posted previously on SMC.

A question from Dino and discussion on another thread (http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthre...50283#poststop), got me to thinking about indexing the SRK for line drilling, box joints, etc. This is what I have come up with so far. You would press the red lever (both up and down shown), to release the SRK to move along the rail. This has a 1/4" with 1/4" slots spaced 1/4" apart. Any spacing could be used, bur a thiner pin would be required for closer spacings. Any ideas, comments, etc.?



Dino Makropoulos Posted:

Hi Dik.
Sorry for the delay.
Your art work is second to none.
Thinking with nothing to say about your idea...yet.
Maybe we can make a smaller version that we can reposition
with an indexing pin. ( plunge ball type)

To make a line drilling system with adjustable spacing is very ez using ez parts.
SRK +
One small section of SME, 2 small sliding connectors and a spring loaded plunger.


The ez prototype works good and we should have the line drilling system ready in two-three weeks. ( Pictures Tuesday )

The goal is to make one master template that can do it all.
I think we can build on your idea ( and from other ez guys) to create one.
Thanks Dik.


Dik Harrison Replied:

Thanks...

Thanks Dino, I really love working with SketchUp. It lets me see things before I start building.

I can't wait to see the pictures, I like the idea of adjustable spacing. I started thinking about using holes drilled with regular spacing and a spring loaded plunger, but thought that it might be difficult to get them to line up easily.

That is when I thought of slots and a slightly tapered pivoting index key. Alignment would not have to be perfect to begin with, but as the key seated in the slot, perfect alignment should be achieved with little or no fussing.

I put the template at the back of the SRK so as not to interfere with extending the router/drill when doing parallel line of holes.

I'm currently thinking about a thiner notched template that could be fastened to a "universal" rail that is fastened to the edge slot in the rail. That way it would be easy to change templates. And I added a "squaring fence" to the "universal rail" that fits under the rail. This should help in indexing a set of pieces.



Burt Wadell Posted:

Dik,

I really like that concept. It has a lot of promise. Maybe we can attach the spacer directly to the EZ Rail and eliminate the need for the additional rail.

Burt


Jeff Caskie Replied:


Now that the new srk as a second slot, what about incorporating that in some way? ie- the second slot rides over the slotted template....

Dik Harrison Replied:

Burt,

The original concept had a one piece UHMW (well actually two put together) indexer that attached to the back side-slot (away from the router) with bolt heads in the slot. But this would mean having to have a complete unit for each spacing size. The new concept allows you to just replace a template that is screwed to that other rail. The whole unit would not have to be as big as the one I drew (25"), because you could put a stop beside the SRK, release the index pin and slide the unit down until you could reengage the pin at the other end of the unit. The only problem with this as I currently have it is that the squaring fence (thanks Burt, I wasn't sure what to call it) would have to be removed from the unit. This should be OK if you index the unit to a squaring fence on the table or rail.

I also think that the template needs to be proud of the face of the rail to allow the tapered pin to align the SRK to the template.

Jeff,

That might work, but it would necessitate fastening the template directly to the face of the rail and would not allow it to be moved easily along the rail. I'll have to think about that for a while...

Dino Makropoulos Posted:

from another thread

Les

I had a quick look at the system on F's USA site, all I found was a guide rail with what looked like spaced holes in the rail.

I thought about how this could be done with the EZ guide rail and here is what I came up with....

Devise a new EAC strip that would fit in the slot on the guide rail and have it contain the spacing holes that you desire. Make it out of UHMW or some other suitable material (polycarbonate, etc). Then make a hole in the SRK Arm for an index pin. Spring loaded if possible. Then you could just use a regular plunge router as usual with the SRK and make as many holes as you desire. Now it would be good if the SRK arm could slide out to handle panels 24" or so wide so that you could do multiple lines of holes without moving the guide rail.

Cheers

Brian


Dik.
Jeff's and Brian's ideas have ez merit. Brian's is ez to adapt and Jeff's can provide even better tracking to the SRK.
Imagine a dual track rail. ( the original EZ RAILS upside down.)

Joe may have a picture with the rails upside down and the removable-dual tracking. If not, I will post a picture of the original ez rails Tuesday.
Thanks.


Seumas McCombie Posted:

32mm base units

further to the discussion It would be great to have the ability to set 32mm base unit stops in the srk such as 37, 261, 517 etc
actually i suppose this could be done with the fence system that is in place right now as long as it was referenced from the same reference edge

How far is the max travel on the srk?


Randal Stevenson Replied:

This tool has changed and modified before (Repeaters and original SRK as examples). I foresee your "line spacing indexer", becoming INVALUABLE for dovetailing!


And Seumas, the SRK can be expanded. I can't find the post right now (probably too tired to use the correct search term), but this could definitely give a whole new reason for an SRK extension.

Joseph N. Myers Replied:

Joe may have a picture with the rails upside down and the removable-dual tracking. If not, I will post a picture of the original ez rails Tuesday.

Dino,

I think this is what you're referring to. Picture of the original Guide Rail, top and bottom:





Picture of the SRK base, OLD version on the RIGHT, NEW version on the LEFT.



HTH, Joe


Jeff Caskie Replied:

...it would necessitate fastening the template directly to the face of the rail and would not allow it to be moved easily along the rail...

Perhaps a pair of dual limit stops (a bit wider than the current ones and routed twice). One dado would fit the bridge (as it currently does). The other would attach to the template. To move along the rail, you loosen the knobs and slide.

Dino Makropoulos Replied:

Thanks Joe.
If you put the top track on the bottom of the guide rail, you have a dual track system.

Thanks


Joseph N. Myers Replied:

Dino,

Let's see if I have this correct!

On my PBB, I've used SME's on the ends of the PBB where the Bridges go. On the side, I put a short Guide for clamping stuff. So if you use the Guide with the bottom up/out instead of the SME, you do indeed get two slots to work with.

An example:



Regards, Joe

BTW, Happy Labor Day!!!

Randal Stevenson Replied:

So are the bottom tracks milled after the extrusion is formed, or are they formed during the extrusion? If the former, I would think it would be quick and EZ to get a sample done.

Dino Makropoulos Posted:

I need to get some pictures.
This is only for the original guide rail.
The two grooves on the bottom can receive two tracks.
Very advance systen that we take it off the market do to cost.

Imagine one rail with dual tracks.
Thanks


Burt Wadell Replied:

In this thread we have done a lot of talking about the ability to clamp or having multiple channels for clamping, etc. This is the photos from a post that I made a few days ago. I'm including the link because the top on this table uses EZ rail instead of SME and thought it might provoke a good thought from someone.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slidesho...Uy=87bq1r&Ux=0

Burt


Ross Hutton Replied:

Some nice ideas there Burt.

I especially like the idea of using ezguides across the table and the attachment of the extensions using guiderail connectors. It gets around the prob of having long SMEs sticking out during transport.

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PostSubject: Re: Indexing the SRK   March 15th 2009, 3:22 pm

Dik Harrison Replied:

How is this?

I was a little under the weather this weekend, so I had a problem wrapping my hear around all of your suggestions, but feeling better now and I think the attached might be what is being suggested.



You lift the knob (which is spring loaded to hold it in the down/engaged position) to move the SRK to the next index and release the knob. The shaft would have a chamfer on the end to promote alignment.

Questions: Are there bar stock available with preexisting holes that might fit the bill here? Are spring loaded plungers available off the shelf that might be used here?

Jeff Caskie Replied:

That is close to what I had in mind... but the main difference was I was envisioning the limit stop spanning both the center of the rail and the indexed bar. (I am not sure if the spring loaded pin for the indexing would be better suited for the limit stop or the SRK itself).

What I had in mind is that the dual limit stops would keep the indexed template/bar in one place while you move the SRK to drill the holes. The template would be smaller than the rails (in most cases).. say 3 ft in length. If you needed additional holes, you would then loosen the knobs on the limit stops... slide it down the rail using a previously drilled hole to set it, then tighten the limit stop knobs again. Then continue drilling your holes

Here is a very crude drawing...


Randal Stevenson Replied:

If you take your drawing, and Dino's rail (two slots on the bar side of the rail), then you could use a connector extrusion with this idea.

Dik Harrison Replied:

Now it makes sense...



Jeff Caskie Replied:

Yes, that is it... yours is much prettier though! As mentioned by somebody else... you could use a long connector extrusion for this purpose. This would be in line w/ the concept of parts for multiple purposes. The extension connector used by the new cabinetmaker would do nicely IMO. Just have to drill a bunch of properly spaced holes in it.

The one possible change I can think of is drilling a hole in the SRK for the spring index pin. It would work either way.. but having it in the SRK would be one less part to worry about.. and you wouldn't have to worry about the SRK moving on you unintentionally. With the current picture, you would have to either be very careful... or have some way of keeping the SRK next to the single limit stop. Another limit stop may complicate it unnecessarily...

Dik Harrison Replied:

Actually I figured on fastening it to the side of the SRK. I found a supplier of spring loaded plungers, but the max thickness they could mount to is 1/8", so if that were used, it would have to be mounted to the side of the SRK.


Burt Wadell Replied:

Dik,

These setups remind me of some that Dino and I built. Dino used the indexing pen. I just rounded the end of a bolt. Both were based on drilling holes in the center of a EZ rail. The holes didn't interfere with the normal use of a ez rail. Basically, these were limited to a set spacing distance. The changable rod would increase flexability.

Burt

Dik Harrison Replied:

They are actually a manufacturer, so a distributer would probably have to be located.

http://www.southco.com/

Most of the credit for the art work goes to SketchUp, the most intuitive 3D-CAD program I have ever used. I have to see things to think in detail about them, and SketchUp lets me make detailed drawings of my ideas/projects so I can find things I didn't consider or missed. For instance, in one iteration of this concept, I had knobs connecting the unit to the rail that would have prevented the rail from coming down flat on the work piece. But once I popped a piece of plywood under the rail, the interference was obvious. I love working with SketchUp. It also lets me publish neat art work of my ideas so that others can see them. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words...

Jeff Caskie Replied:

Hey... I used to work for them back in college! Will that get us a discount?!?


Dik Harrison Replied:

They will actually send samples, but I haven't tried that yet.


Peter West Replied:

How about these

http://knobsource.com/

Michael Schwartz Replied:

Looks like they have some fun stuff.

Dik Harrison Replied:

Back around again...

I've kind of come back around to the original idea. In discussing this with others, I realized that using the second dado in the SRK is limiting in two ways. First, the template has to be no wider nor deeper than the dado. This means having to mill something to fit. Second, given the relative narrow width of the dado, only one set of holes could be drilled in the template.

Not using the second dado in the SRK, you can have a wider template with two sets of holes with two different spacings. All you have to do is flip the template. You could even put a scale (self sticking measuring tape?) between the two sets of holes to make using the template for multiples of the fixed spacing (say 1" by using every other 1/2" spacing hole). Below is an example:

http://picasaweb.google.com/DikHarrison/EZSmartDesigns


Mike Goetzke Repiled:

Dik - I like this indexing idea. I know your method is more accurate but what if you used a "story" block and a rail clamps. It's hard to explain w/o the sketch-up skills but: 1) what if you lined up and bored the first hole with rail stop clamps against the SRK. 2) loosen the stop block (the one in the direction you are progressing in) and slide it over. 3) drop the spacer / "story" block between the SRK and stop clamp. 3) slide the stop clamp against the spacer and lock it down. 4) loosen the other rail stop block. 5) remove the spacer slide the SRK to the new stop block location...

O.K. your way is better - this is too many steps !

Mike


Dik Harrison Replied:

Just what I need...

Mike,

I know either you or someone else has suggested this before, but it finally clicked. This idea is what I have been looking for to drill the first template. Once you have a short template with 5 or 6 holes, you can use it to drill longer templates and/or more templates with multiples of the original spacing.

Thanks...

Bruce Benjamin Replied:

Mike, if I understand your description correctly, this is the same idea I've posted in a couple of other threads recently. While I like Dik's idea it's not likely that I'll be making his jig and templates anytime soon. I suspect it's a lot easier to make the drawings than the hardware, in other words. But your idea, (mine first! ) will work perfectly and the only thing you'll have to make is a stop block that matches your spacing. Really simple and once you get going it wouldn't take much time at all to change. I think it's biggest strengths are, assuming you already have stops and the SRK, it will
cost you nothing except a small scrap of wood for the spacer and you don't need any special template.

The template idea is a great one but I think it's more for someone who likes to tinker with inventions. I've built a lot of jigs but for some things if I can buy it it's probably going to be better. I could probably build the SRK but the EZ version is better. If Dino makes something similar to what Dik has drawn I think it would sell. But how much would something like that cost? How much are the templates? A block of MDF that I have under my workbench is free.

Bruce


Dik Harrison Replied:

Guilty a charged, but...

Bruce,

So far, what I have built, has not been difficult to build and it will be invaluable to me. I'm designing this with an up coming project I have. I'm going to renovate our pantry with adjustable shelves, and given the restraints I'm working under, I'm going to have to drill thousands of 1/8" holes spaced 1/2" apart, in two rows about 6" apart. I'm using a European concept that uses a "U" shaped wire that a narrow groove in the edge of the shelf slides over. Therefore, having to move a spacer block between each pair of holes seems to be a little too time consuming. This way, I just set the pin, drill, extend the SRK, drill, lift pin, slide SRK, ad infinitum...

Greg Pauba Replied:

What you need in your design is a lever by your router handle that pivots to lift your spring loaded pin so that you can slide the router to the next hole!

And thanks for the sketchup components -- I am amazed with your drawings.

Take Care,
Greg


Bruce Benjamin Replied:

Dik, I can see where a faster method than the spacer block would be of value if you have a lot to do. I wasn't saying that it wouldn't be useful. I was saying that I don't see myself needing that and that the jig you are drawing would be more trouble than it would be worth to me. You say what you have built has not been difficult but have you built
the spacer jig with the plunger pin and the template that you posted last in your drawing? Somehow I think getting that one right will be more difficult than what you've made so far. Not impossible at all but more trouble than it would be worth to me.

I hope you don't think I'm criticizing you at all. I admire your inventive skills and the quality of your drawings. However, for my uses some of it is over-engineered. Definitely not for others but for me that spacer jig is just a bit more than I'd want or need to build for my needs right now. I realize that you aren't designing it for me though.

Bruce


Mike Goetzke Repiled:
You may have posted it first but I thought of it first (just kidding great minds think alike ).


Bruce Benjamin Replied:

Oh yeah?! I think I brought this up in a thread either earlier this year or maybe last year. The discussion was about shelf pin hole jigs I think and I believe the idea for the the EZ shelf pin guide was deemed unnecessary because, "why build an EZ one when the other shelf pin jigs commercially available are so cheap?" Or something to that effect anyway... Uh, ok. Anyway, I've been shot down by the best and way before you! I think even Dino and Burt gave it a thumbs down.

Bruce

P.S. I could have the events very wrong but that's the way I remember it and that's the story I'm sticking with!

Dik Harrison Replied:

I didn't take offense. I just wanted to explain my situation. I have the indexing pin part built, just waiting on the spring I need. The suggestion about using the spacer block finally made it through my thick skull and I saw that it is just what I need to make a uniformly spaced template. I'll start on that soon as I can.


That is kind of where I started, I'll give it some consideration. I tend to be over cautious, I would probably tighten the SRK for each hole, so as not to move it accidentally. That is what lead me to using a knob to lift the pin.

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PostSubject: Re: Indexing the SRK   March 19th 2009, 12:32 pm

I'm planning something similar to make box joints, but I came up with a different approach. I think if an indexing system could be found at a good price your way would be the way to go. Otherwise, I'd like to compare it with an idea which is more based on a table saw/router table tradition.

Components for the models are based on Dik's Google 3D warehouse contributions.



This shows the work piece mounted on the side of a pbb. There would be spacers, clamps and backing boards which are not shown. A sub-base is attached to the bottom of the SRK's router base. For a 3/4" joint, using a 3/4" router bit it has a tapered key which widens to 3/4" wide, 3/4" away from the bit. The key indexes off of the hole cut earlier and maintains a consistent spacing. Setting the spacing just right would requires some trial and error, but the sub-base could be reused multiple times.



This shows the unit from the top. I'm not sure if stops would be needed for the SRK as shown.



This shows a joint which has just been cut.
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PostSubject: Re: Indexing the SRK   March 19th 2009, 3:32 pm

This thread shows the completed indexer, I haven't tried it to do box joints. Maybe I'll give it a try when I get some time, or when I need to make a box joint.
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