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Angela's Rat Bag!

Yes, it brought a smile to my face too. Angela recently posted an idea on the 'Rat forum that really cheered me. In a delightfully alternative approach she provided an "engineering"? antidote to all that cursing and swearing uttered when yet another dropped router bit hits the hard floor when changing them. Not for her are expensive  quick-change chucks or sprouting a third hand oh no. Feminine common sense (is that politically correct?) and design and she develops a .................................... catching bag.  Brilliant!

          With her permission, I have completely plagiarised her post and reproduced it here. __________________________________

"I'm a recent addition to those that describe themselves as rat fans, but soon discovered a weakness. In the Woodrat promo-video Martin Godfrey makes a feature of the router being the right way up and scorns the three hands needed to height-adjust the router setup in a router table. He neglects to tell you about the three hands needed to change bits on the WoodRat's router. One to hold the spanner, one to hold the spindle lock and one to catch the bit."

A quick change of mind-set, away from resistant materials to soft materials, led to the following solution. A piece of canvas was sewn into an open topped bag with a pocket around the rim into which a wire support could be threaded.

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The wire goes all the way around and crosses over inside the rim pocket where the two support arms protrude. I had planned on using the wire from a coat hanger, (Blue Peter style), but found that the conductors from a length of T&E cable twisted together worked better.

 

The spacing between the two support arms allows them to be squeezed and hooked inside the WoodRat channel, through the dust chute. The bag diameter is around 150mm.

A couple of plastic ends that came from an old Plawco set cover the cut ends of the wire. They were epoxy glued in place.

In use, simply undo the collet nut and allow the bit to fall safely into the bag.

 

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Thank you Angela. A great idea and excellent web-optimised photos too. I look forward to your next input.


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