First Shop #9: Router table thoughts and the future

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Blog entry by YooperCasey posted 01-15-2008 01:09 AM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Bandsaw $400
Jigsaw $200-300
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…

Clamps $300

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

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 01:20 AM

We shall see, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 01:36 AM

Remember. It’s not a table saw…. It’s a new vanity. It’s not a router, it’s a jewelry box for your special someone. You get the point…. (That’s to help with your justification.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 02:10 AM

I’m surprised your standard Triton through table adjuster wasn’t long enough to adjust your router height from above the table, mine works just fine. I really like the router as well. I recently made a cabinet for my Triton router. You can see my version at:

I wanted a large table and use is as the outfeed table for my table saw. I also wanted an external switch for ease of access. I just went to Lowes and purchased some cheap metal outlets and mounted them back to back; outlet inside the cabinet, switch on the outside. I may replace the single box switch with a combo-switch and outlet so I can use the table for sanding etc.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 02:13 AM

Well CutNRun, the original adjuster is long enough. My fence, due to the router orientation, puts the adjuster hole right next to it. So I can get a half turn and then it hits the fence. When I have an external power switch I’ll rotate the router to prevent that problem in the future. Until then I have a jumbo length unit.

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 02:36 AM

I went to and priced the Dewalt 2 speed planer at $399.00 printed out the price sheet and took it to Lowes and they matched the price! A good way to save some serious bucks.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 02:37 AM

I use a foot pedal for router poser. I lift my foot off the pedal and the router is turned off. It’s great lifesaver. The router is never on until my two hands are on the table on the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 11:30 PM

Two things I’d point out. For nearly $600, you should be able to obtain a restorable uni from craigslist, if you take the time to look.

Also, you should be able to pick up a used jointer and planer for less than quoted as well. Any piece of gear you get is going to need to be tuned up before it can be used to produce the best results.

I’d suggest two purchases that might help:

You put a goodly amount aside towards a blade. I’d suggest the Woodworker II. I’d expect you’re going to end up with at least 3 though. A 24T rip blade, a combo like the WWII, and a high count ply/composite blade.

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