After making a run to Lowe’s today and dropping $200 on pipe clamps and router bits, I get home flat broke (luckily, I had gotten the rest of my Christmas shopping knocked out earlier today) and decide it’s time to play with my router. I like to mess around a bit with the instructions close at hand and get a feel for the tool for a bit before firing it up. The 690LR was no different, and I’m pretty glad I did. I learned two important things:
1. The 1/4” collet won’t actually accept the bit I bought that actually is supposed to use the 1/4” collet. Obviously, this is not good.
2. The sub base I bought doesn’t actually work with the rabbet bit I purchased (though it at least fits in the collet…so that’s something).
So, now I need to buy a new sub base and I need to figure out how to fix my situation. The 1/4” bit doesn’t fit in the 1/2” collet either (I checked because I just had to be the problem, not the tool…no such luck). Any suggestions would be welcomed.
As for clamps, I picked up six 3/4” pipe clamps and six 48” pipes to use with them. Pipe clamps might not be ideal, but they’re inexpensive and versatile. Just change the pipe length and POOF! New clamp. That’s just hard to beat when you’re starting out.
Of course, this hiccup could be a let-down, but I’ve decided not to let it be. Instead, this delays me until after Christmas, so that gives me a change to prepare more and be better prepared. I bought a used Porter Cable 555 biscuit joiner over on Sawmill Creek, so I can practice with that a bit (I have a couple of pieces on the bookcase I’d like to use biscuits on). I have a Dewalt jig saw I purchased used en route to me as well. I have time to get the issue resolved with the 1/4” collet and sub base. I have time to get used to the router a bit. I have time to test out my guide I bought for my circular saw a while back.
In woodworking, as in life, there will be setbacks. They’re inevitable. My philosophy is, when I can, to make the best of it. If things happen for a reason, then seize the moment and make the best as it was intended for you to make. If they don’t…well, do it anyways and make the best of the situation. Either way, you just come out ahead ;)
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!