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372 days ago

Router plate: basic, basic questions - 6 replies

I have a router table, with a plastic insert for the router base that fits the opening in the table, however I still have to drill holes in it to hold the router. In the meantime, I have a few basic, basic questions: - does the router plate have to be transparent? Can’t I just use plywood or something?- what about the middle hole where ...

388 days ago

Anybody uses this Small Parts Miter Jig? (for a router) - 10 replies

It’s a device that holds small parts so your hands are not so close to the bit: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=41780&cat=1,43000 I thought it looked like a good idea for template routing. Your thoughts?

388 days ago

Best material for making templates for routing? - 11 replies

Hi, I’m a newbie and I want to use a router to shape small pieces of wood / plywood with templates. What is the best material for this? I suppose it has to be hard enough so that the ball bearings don’t end up digging in it and damaging it. Would a “hard board” do it? Plywood OK? Hardwood necessary? The kind of shap...

399 days ago

Safety: gloves or no gloves? - 70 replies

I was thinking of using gloves to do woodworking using a router. I wanted to use those gardening gloves like the guy has in this video (go to the end to see what I mean): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrJQqjymgc And NO, I don’t plan to do what he does, but I like having that extra “grip” that the gloves can give though....

401 days ago

Looking for a cheap router table - 13 replies

Hi, I’m a newbie and I’m looking for a cheap but sturdy router table. I saw this one in Craig’s List: http://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/3925637425.html What do you think? What do I have to look for, on top of checking if the table is flat, and that it has the hardware to fit my router (DW618)? I want to do small dec...


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