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Festool OF 1400 EQ Circle Jig

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Project by timbertailor posted 09-27-2014 07:37 PM 3136 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you own this router, then you know that the mfg does not offer a circle jig for this model. Probably a good thing, since Festool accessories can be on the expensive side. I tend to stay away from them. Great router, just not crazy. If I can find a less expensive alternative, then I usually look around first.

So, I looked at all the aftermarket circle jigs and almost all of them are large, unscaleable, require removing and\or replacing the router plate, or are made of plastic which degrades over time.

I did not like any of those options.

I wanted to be able to do all of these things without having to remove or add a router plate.

I kept it simple. Not rocket science but it works great.

I found a 1/4” – 18 Stainless Steel pin that is threaded on one end and locks in perfectly to the track when tightened down. I have an almost unlimited amount of adjustment just by swapping out for longer dual purpose track.

The Rockler Speed Clamps make swapping out for longer track easy. It also allows me to break the system down and store it away in its Systainer or just remove it for other operations. They hold the DP track up off the surface so that it does not drag or catch the work piece.

I do not have to swap the base plate and risk wearing\stripping the threads in my base since everything is done with the factory router plate in place. This allows me to still use my dust\chip collection accessories that come with the Festool.

It costs me next to nothing and is an easy project for any Festool owner. The wood block is some scrap Bubinga and Maple that my father had glued up for one of his projects. Thoughts I would re-purpose it in his memory.

TIP: The wider you make the wood mounting block, the more fine adjustment you will have using the speed clamps.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed





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maddawg308

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 09:45 PM

Great idea!

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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timbertailor

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 03:31 AM

Thanks maddawg308.

I am just lazy and looking for the best way to get something done. :)

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 12:42 AM

Brad, I missed this when you posted it and only ran across it while “revisiting” your awesome clamping table.
I have been looking at the OF1400 and this seems to be genius.
When I pull the trigger for the router, this will certainly be a great “add on”.
Thanks.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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timbertailor

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 01:29 AM


Brad, I missed this when you posted it and only ran across it while “revisiting” your awesome clamping table.
I have been looking at the OF1400 and this seems to be genius.
When I pull the trigger for the router, this will certainly be a great “add on”.
Thanks.

- hotncold

Its one of those solutions that you just have to ask yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

Thanks for your gracious comments. I love to share designs and this forum is the best. No end of ideas and kind folk willing to help in any way they can.

Festool makes great products and the OF1400 is my “go to” hand held router. You are going to love it and the cost will be a fading memory as you start looking for ways to use it more often.

Anyway, if you like it Dennie, do not forget to “favorite” it and the assembly table for later.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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