Various shenanigans #3: 2 bored hand tool junkies

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 08-04-2013 03:52 AM 1654 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So… what happens when you get two hand tool junkies in the same room and there is not a whole lot to be done? Easy… woodworking stuff. Today… we decided to mount a router in a router table.

I know what you are thinking… that’s a really easy and basic thing to do. But is it? Really? Remember who you are dealing with… knuckle draggers do not mix with this modern tech very well. How does this thing work? Are there instructions? What are instructions for?... remember Neanderthals cant read anyways!

See what I mean? Not as easy as it look eh? There was not even the proper mounting instructions that came with the table… all the drilling templates were round…what?

So we just lined it up by eye, drilled the holes and mounted it to the plate. That brass pin that is sticking out really messed us up, we could not figure out what it does, we were scared it had something to do with alignment. Oh well… time will tell.

We put quite a bit of though into this… what if we used a router lift? JessEm? Kreg? Which one would work the best? Can the blade be changed from the top? What about dust collection? Zero clearance inserts? Can the smaller router be installed for the smaller bits? Fence options? Will this work with the Incra system?.... Woooo wait…. the I-box can be used with the router table!!! I can use this to make easy-peasy finger joints!!! This is going to be awesome!

Once we finally figured it out and get the I-box all sorted out…. you guessed it… PERFECT finger joints every time!

Today was awesome! These new innovations are going to be great. My next idea is to mount a plough plane into a router table and set up a fence…. THATS RIGHT!!!! Drawer bottom grooves in one pass!!!

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 12:29 PM

Brilliant. Thanks for the giggle. :o)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 01:32 PM

I think you’re really onto something here!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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