Lowrider2 - router carriage with quick release mod

I want to show you the last upgrade I made to my lowrider. I tried to create a more solid design than a typical router base. Further I wanted to direct the airflow of the router upwards - this should lead to less dust polution in the air.
The new carriage has a quick release feature so I am able to remove the router for an quick and easy bit change.
The 3 latches on the upper plate center the router automatically when the lever is turned to ‘CLOSE’ position.
On the lower plate I stepped the diameters - the router centers itself when it’s pushed down into the carriage.


That’s great. It has the added bonus of giving you the base back to use outside of the cnc. Very clever.

Rich, I’ve been following this for sometime - hoping the plans for this appear somewhere. Any chance you are looking to share? Let’s discuss. I like this, and as Jeff said earlier - it also frees up the base for other uses.

If I find some time I will optimize the design and publish the files. But please don’t expect them in the next weeks :wink:

What is the purpose of a removable lower collar/ring? To expel dust caught in the crooks and corners?

So - I’m taking a stab at this carriage based on those pictures - so far so good! I have the lower plate sorted. I’m working on the upper plate now. I do have a few questions for you @Rich;
The three pressure tenons at the opening - first I can see that the tenon is slightly tapered for the pin to push the tenon in toward the router. I’m guessing it is at least .5mm to 1mm taper into the pin cavity. I also see the little “ramp” or “bump” just before the elbow opening. I assume this is to ensure the pin doesn’t throw all the way into the elbow. My direct line measurement from bump to the tip of the tenon is 4.55mm and the narrowest part of my cavity is 5.58mm for a 6mm pin. See the picture for clarity. Can you verify these pain points to secure the router?


I am going to extend the plates to align edges past the vacuum attachment so I can use this for a laser/drag knife mounting (later).

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Duffy I think you are close to the dimensions I have designed. And you completely figured out how it works :+1:
I think I will throw my design on Thingi as a ‘design in progress’ and as a .step assembly. So you can just copy or modify as you want to

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Well, it might be back to the drawing board - or time to pick up a different router - two reasons; the Bosch Colt that I picked up doesn’t have a 1/8" collet readily available and the housing is shorter - I think - than the dewalt 611 or the Makita, well at least the plastic upper cover comes lower than I’m hoping for.
I appreciate the upload of the design. I’m working on the qucik release “monacle” today.

Okay, it’s online: Lowrider2 CNC - router carriage with quick release by RGform - Thingiverse

I can definately recommend the Makita. I just ordered the akku version (DRT50) to be able to trimm the edges of the milled parts in parallel when the CNC is running. It also gives me the possibility to set up a second tool for quick engravings… I think it will surely speed up my workflow.