So I have spent my free time lately just cutting dovetails, rabbets, and grooves with my router table. So far I like it alot, but I’m going to get that formica on quick. The coating on it definitely wears quickly. I’ve been playing with my dovetail bit today, I love sliding dovetail joints, and man, now I can do it! The fine adjustment of the fence has been getting me lately. So now I am looking at the Incra Jig Ultra Lite Router System. See if I can Incra-ize it for some additional functionality.
The first thing I did was to extend the handle on the Triton through table adjuster. Well, extend isn’t the right word, fabricate anew would be better. I took some oak dowel, glued a handle and cut the appropriate size matching groove. So now I can adjust my router through the table, a very very nice feature. In all my cutting I’ve run into another conundrum.
Dust Collection. Yup. Evil indeed. So far I’m leaning towards a portable, sound insulated unit with a cyclone barrel for the heavy stuff. A fixed DC system doesn’t seem practical just yet, that and it is cost prohibitive. (And easier to talk the wife into letting me get something she can use on her car too)
Another addition I will be adding is a safety switch with a big paddle on it too. Nothing like having to get eye level with the router bit to shut off the router to make you question the safety level. I spend alot of time at work on safety issues and yet I’m stupid about it at home? Not this hombre!
So that brings me to my future plannings. I’ve decided to take the high road, do it right, and get the right tools and not skimp. It is so very tempting to get the cheapo stuff so I can just do it! But why buy crap twice when you can buy the right thing once. Plus this is a hobby, so no cost/profit justification for me. So here it is, the Plan.
Rouseau 3509 $40 (Ordered)
Incra Lite router System $140
Formica Sheet $20
Glue for said sheet $4
Safety Switch $14
1/2” Template Bit $14
1/2” Profile Bit $14
Shop Vac (Ridgid most likely) $80
Ridgid TS3650 $570
Good Blade $90
Dewalt 2 Speed Planer $520
Jointer (Unknown Yet) $450
So there is a total of approximately $2000. Pricey! This gets me most of what I want, I can function quite nicely at that point. Hell I used to spend that much on cigarettes in 6 months.
Spindle Sander $200
There is an additional $800-$900. This doesn’t include the hand tools I’ll be wanting either. My chisels, planes, and sharpening stuff can get me by for now as well. But clamps! The hidden woodworkers bane…
So there we are, $3200. I have a few options, save, devote a portion of my budget to that. At the rate Im going I’ll get where I need to go in about 9 years. Since I’m salary working more hours doesn’t do much for me. So I’m left with augmenting my income with an additional source.
So, the question is, can I use my woodworking addiction to finance my woodworking addiction?
We’ll save that question for next time.
-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI