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Reproduced with permission from a discussion on the Woodrat forum in a thread 'Woodrat versus router table'. Photos copyright Tony Spear
almost finished a "mini" blanket box in softwood, mainly using the Rat.
To make this, using the Rat, I've cut central grooves along the length of one side of 4 longitudinal and 4 lateral rails and 2 sides of 4 legs, with tenons on the end of the rails (haunched on the 4 top rails) and mortises sunk into the bottom of the grooves at the top and bottom of the legs. The end of each tenon is cut at 45 degrees so that they are effectively "mitred" where the ends of the longitudinals meet the ends of the laterals inside each of the legs.
The grooves are going to house the edges of raised panels for the sides which I've made by jointing the boards using the table as an edge planer and they'll be raised also using the table.
Making it without the Rat, I'd still need the table, but I'd also need a morticer and a band saw (unless I was one of those misguided people that think a table is a good tool for making mortise and tenons joints!).
The box is being made for a specific need and I could have made something equally suited to the job with a few sheets of MDF or ready made softwood board butt-jointed and glued or jointed with simple comb joints.
On the other hand I could have made the box as it is shown, totally by hand, or with a lot of messing about, with the table and a drill press adaptor for a hand drill, but life's too short to do all that just so the Dog can still get on the bed as he's growing older!
However, as I have the Rat,
I thought "why not.....?".
I can't think of any other single machine (or whatever you want to call it) that would have allowed me to do this!!
Buy the Rat.
Reproduced with permission of HipDog
Photos copyright HipDog
Great work! Your modifications are a further improvement and the photos are good too --- Aldel
Some pictures of John's turning attachment. (see the My Chat page) Photos copyright John Bailey
Shows John's own design plunge bar.
Note the early version WoodRat
Mounted with vibration damper.
Here he has routed a mortise in the round leg.
Routing flutes on a tapered leg.
Safety Warning!!! John says turn the drill chuck by hand when tuning square section wood.
He now uses a low power and slow speed drill.
The magazine article is extensive and describes all the setup and features.
Perhaps John can be persuaded to post some descriptions on the Forum.