|Project by edp||posted 07-30-2007 09:37 PM||3933 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
In my world, nothing eats up more unbillable time than setting up tooling that is used over and over and over again but torn down between uses. I’m talking about routers and shapers in particular. Well, here is what I have done about it. The first step was to purchase a stand alone router table. Yeah I know, I could have built one and I was planning on just that but with a full time day job and enough woodworking to provide for a second full time job I couldn’t squeeze it in. Up until I purchased the table, I had a router mounted on a lift in my saw extension table. That one is still there but it sees almost no use now. So, on the router table pictured below you will see 3 machines that are dedicated to the tooling they hold and will continue to hold until they become dull. The router on the right holds the rip tool from the rail & stile set. The router on the left holds the cope tool from that set. The router in the middle holds the drawer lock bit for making drawers. So, you just pop one machine out and pop another in. Presto, adjust the fence and you are making parts. The next picture is my Grizzly (Green!) shaper with a panel raising bit and back cutter. Again the only adjustment required is the fence. The depth is matched to teh rail and stile tooling in the routers. I usually can raise a panel in Oak with 3 passes and the spacers on the fence are set up to handle that. The final picture is my Delta shaper with the door/drawer edge tool mounted, no adjustment of any kind required. This small investment in tooling has payed for itself over and over.
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