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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 697 days ago 1112 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cheap 20€ router from big box store:

Plus plastic lock lever:

Equals a lot of frustration. This thing wears out so quick that it started playing me tricks after the first 10 uses or so.

Having two of these, one here and one at the parents’, I took benefit of spending my holidays at their place to quickly mill two replacement levers, out of steel bar. I brought one home and finished it this afternoon:

I like the fact that these entry level routers have a pretty decent dust extraction port:

plus they pack a very decent amount of power, and can run up to 34K rpm without any vibration.
Having to finish The Teacher’s pencil box #1 before school actually starts over, I needed to fix the router so it wouldn’t play tricks on me while milling the already cut MDF parts I had prepared at my countryside shop.

Doesn’t look good, but definately does the job. No more play when locking the router, and a firm locking. Oh, the spring remained there, but I don’t see any practical use to having a spring there anyway.

So far so good, no more mixed feelings about the entry level router after fixing this first issue. Next one: the power button, to be replaced by a toggle switch and add a foot pedal option. All for under 4 €, thanks chinese eBay peeps!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 697 days ago

Hey ive said it before and ill say it again … its a lot like me .. it aint gotta be pretty but its gonna work.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Schwieb

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#2 posted 697 days ago

Been there fixing up and improving soft plastic knobs. Good work Thomas. This will no doubt hold up better than the original.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 697 days ago

That’s what I like to friggin see!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Sodabowski

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#4 posted 697 days ago

Al, did you fix the Robo Reel so that it can make coffee too? ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Egor

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#5 posted 697 days ago

good solution.

-- Brock, Illinois

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KOVA

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#6 posted 697 days ago

MUY BUENA SOLUCIÓN SODA ;-)
CÓMO CONFORMASTE LA FORMA DE LA TUERCA EN EL METAL??

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Irinaboom

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#7 posted 696 days ago

want to learn everything in my life: who is ready to teach irinamboom?

WHO WROTE THIS????? I KNOW …..

-- live and let live ....

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mafe

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#8 posted 688 days ago

Way to go.
Love this thinking, a small fix, not use and throw away mentality.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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