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New Tools Are Cool #4: DW618B3 Update

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 941 days ago 2664 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to go ahead and re-drill my table saw router extension table to fit the DW618 screw holes. It went a lot smoother than I expected. After looking at several router tables I feel in love with the Incra. So now I have to save all my extra pennies and convince my wife how much I need it once the pennies are save. Enough about that for now this is about mounting the fixed base to the table

I took the extra sub-base and centered it in the existing hole on the extension and marked the holes. The took a punch and made a place for the bit to start. I drill the through hole first then went back with a larger bit and counter sunk it. Then it was a simple matter of getting some longer screws and fixing it in place. After I had everything centered and tight I went back, one screw at a time and ground off the top of the screw so it was under the table top surface. I also put a little removable thread lock on the screws since This will be here until I either get a router table or upgrade my table saw. I don’t want to worry about it coming loose while I am using it. With one flip lock and then pressing two buttons the motor drops out and I can easily change the bits. One last thing I really like so far about this router is that you push the motor all the way into the base and it locks to the adjustment screw. Then you use the screw to adjust your height. No more trying to hold the motor at exactly the right place and tighten the lock clamp.

I have only made a couple of test cuts with it so far, but I am very happy with it.

Now for some pictures

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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patron

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#1 posted 941 days ago

use one of those old holes
(on the right )
as a pivot for freehand work
(with a bearing bit)
if they have threads cut a bolt that fits
so you can just twist it in by hand
and the smooth shank is exposed
about an inch or so

lay the work up against it
and rotate it to the bit slowly
then rotate away from it when the bit bearing takes over

it will prevent ‘kick back’

if they are not threaded
just use the smooth shank
to drop in the hole
(want a snug fit but not forced)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lanwater

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#2 posted 940 days ago

I like David idea quite a bit.

I have used my pivot a lot. I saves you from a lot of grief.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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JoeyG

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#3 posted 940 days ago

I took a look at it last night and the holes are not threaded and the bolts I have on hand are either a little to small or a little to big. I was thinking about taping one of the hole so that I can screw a bolt into it. I don’t know how I feel about having it just sit there. If it somehow managed to come out and hit the bit while it was spinning, well that could turn into a nightmare really fast. I’ll find a solution to it. I also need to build a fence for it. Something with dust collection that hooks up to the saw fence. I’ll throw up a picture or two when I get it figured out. I might put the fence up as a project of blog depending on how it turns out and how good it looks. LOL

@patron. I am going to take a guess here that your name is David. Sometimes with the screen names it’s hard to tell. Thank you for the great idea. It is something I completely over looked and wish I had thought of it before I put the fixed base on. Better late than never I guess.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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