Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
I have 2 of the Sears Router crafters but haven't used them yet. I got one that was broken and then found one at a yard sale that was missing some parts. Comparing the two I was able to fix both.
I have done spirals by hand ala Stewart Mortimer. I've also done them by making a plexiglass form with a slot for my router guides. It's easy to melt and shape the plexiglass. It does take time to cut the groove for the router so you will want to make several turning from it.
In one of the router books there are plans to make a sort of Router Crafter for spindles using bicycle gears and chains.
I like his method. I have done flutes on my pieces using a router and platform just like what he's doing. All I would need to do is rig up the cable system.