So I have been working on a pretty large trim project, 100 ls window, 40 or so doors, milled 1.125” x 3.5” milled cypress casing, 5/4 rosetts and plints, 8 ” milled baseboard, some arches, pretty straightforward trim job, but for fixing all the mistakes from the framer and drywaller… its sad how little pride some tradesmen have in their work today.
at any rate, I usually try to expand my equipment a little during each project.
I had to route out a 1/2” x 3/16” dado out of the back off all the cypress casing. now that I am almost done job, I just picked up a load of new tools from craigslist;
- Bosch RA1200 Deluxe Folding router table. $80, funny think, I knew something looked off about the size of the table and fence set up, it has the kreg table top with the original Bosch fence. Its ok, but the Bosch table was 42 or 44 inches long, the kreg is only 33” so I am a little disappointed, but for $100, I got a really nice, stable folding and hence portable jobsite router table. $59 for the kreg router plate and I am good to go.
so I also picked up an older Bosch 1617evs 11 amp, soft start variable speed plunge router. it needs a little cleaning, but $25 seams like a good deal. same sale, I picked up a Makita 3612br, 14amp plunge router, no plate, $15. this sounds better then the bosch and is probable going in table, but here is a question, which router in the table, the soft starting variable 11amp Bosch, or the 14amp Makita, I also have a pretty new fixed based Bosch 1604a 11 amp single speed, my original plan was to put the 1604 in the table, but now I am leaning towards the Makita…. it is missing base plate anyway, and most of my work will be on table,I mostly set up a production line on trim, so free hand routing will be rare. so what do you think, ehich router for table. I am probable goin to add the krek bump switch for $35, it has two oulets, 1 for router and 1 for shop vac,
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