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The Stabilizer

Most of us who have any experience using hand held routers understand the reason for an offset subbase. Here is how Pat Warner explains it:

“Routers are tippy. Most of the mass of these machines is above the control knobs. On inside excavations this top heaviness is unnoticeable, especially when the casting is entirely surrounded x substrate. However, on the end, edge or corners of the work, where routers spend most of their time, their tipsiness can be appreciated. You can’t control them. There’s always less than 1/2 the casting on the work and when you take a right angle turn that number falls to <25%. You’re supporting the other three fourths of the tool in the air, 7 pounds of the typical 10 pound router! Precise work is hit or miss. Add an offset subbase and you’re in control. Moreover, you’ll be on the safe side of the yellow line.”


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Paul Alves is a custom stair builder in Massachusetts. He is currently at work on a friend of mine’s new house. He has designed a router offset base called “The Stabilizer” to support the router from the “unsafe” side of the yellow line!  All you need is a clean, level workbench. I can easily see its effectiveness in stair, boat, door and window building.

Paul and a business partner have put up a website to submit the product to potential interested parties or licensees. It showcases some of Paul’s masterful stair work and includes testimonials from users of The Stabilizer. I would like to see The Stabilizer in the marketplace. It is immediately useful for known applications and has potential for opening up new techniques. If you like the product, give them a shout on the contact link.

4 comments to The Stabilizer

  • I don’t want to shatter anyone’s dream, but, this stabilizer is neither revolutionary nor patentable. Don’t get me wrong. The idea is good. However, anyone with modest skills can make a router base with the features Paul Alves demonstrated in his video. Those who do not want to make their own can purchase a “Universal Router Base” (p/n 31186) from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware and use a threaded bolt for the stabilizer. For a one-off project such as routing the hand rail in Paul’s video I would probably screw a cut-off with the same height as the rail to the router base to balance the router.

  • tico

    They don’t make the claim to be revolutionary or patentable. You can make lots of tools yourself, including your own router subbase. Whether you want to is another issue. This looks like a product that is well made for a specific function, simple and effective.

  • brian nolan

    personally, i loathe making shop jigs (i similarly hate most grammar and punctuation rules). some people love making them–i love making furniture. this seems right up the Woodpeckers “one time tool” alley, for which i would sign up. i say, find a way to license it and get it to market. we’ve all had great ideas that say sit in drawers. Paul, i’m a fan.

  • Dan

    They already have a patent.

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