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Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

04-09-2017 04:51 PM by EarlS | 10 comments »

It’s been a year since I ordered the Bench Dog Promax RT Cast Iron router table, Pro Fence, ProLift, and steel cabinet. Rather than review on each component I decided to review the entire set up since the Bench Dog sells it as a complete set up. The complete set up is $1000 on Rockler. First off – this thing is a beast. The table top weighs in at 100 lbs and the router lift with my 3-1/4 HP Porter Cable Router weighs 35 lbs or more. The cabinet weighs 40 lbs or more. D...

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ER Router Collets.  Beautifully machined and designed

ER Router Collets. Beautifully machined and designed

03-09-2017 08:35 PM by zzzzdoc | 4 comments »

I’m amazingly impressed by these router collets that I just purchased as replacements for the stock collets on my Porter Cable 7518 router. I wanted to step up the precision of my setup, as the stock Porter Cable collets had more runout than I desired. So after hearing about these ER collets sold by Precisebits.com, I purchased ones in 1/4” and 1/2” size. I’m not sure how little runout these collets have. I can’t measure anything that small. I find none ...

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Useless with Triton TRA-001

Useless with Triton TRA-001

02-07-2017 09:21 PM by eldercop | 17 comments »

For $60 one would think Rockler would include all the necessary holes. Not so. Catalog, web site and sales person identify this aluminum plate (#59466) as suitable for Triton’s big bad boy. Get it home and there’s no hole for height winder. A call back to the store where the helpful guy opened two other boxes with same item and same story. He kicks the issue up to the assistant manager whom I call back a couple days later and he is less than helpful. “So drill a hole for it ...

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Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

Woodpeckers Coping Sled - easy to use, but could use a few tweaks

01-01-2017 03:19 AM by Mike_D_S | 4 comments »

First off, let me say I don’t have a lot of experience with different models of coping sleds. I’ve used a homemade one and the Rockler sled my buddy has. I had a WC gift card that I got for Xmas burning a hole in my pocket and had agreed to make a couple of dozen beaded panel cabinet doors for a kitchen remodel for a small farm house at my parent’s place. So when I saw the WP coping sled, I decided to pull the trigger as I had an immediate project. After getting it ho...

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JessEm

JessEm

11-22-2016 07:32 AM by Steve | 4 comments »

Always wanted a top quality router table and now I have one with all the bells and whistles. The table and all machined parts are all expertly made. I installed a Porter Cable 3.25 Hp. Router in the lift and when everything is hooked up to the two dust collection ports ( 4” under table and 2.5” on the fence ) there is virtually no dust at all. An excellent addition to my shop.

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MLCS PowerLift Pro Router Lift

MLCS PowerLift Pro Router Lift

10-28-2016 04:06 PM by Indiana_Parrothead | 2 comments »

About three years ago I built a new router table and added the MLCS PowerLift model 9450, I had reviewed it here. Since I use a router quite a bit this was a great addition to the shop. With it having a digital readout it gave me a lot precision when it came to the depth of cut and made changing the depth of cut very easy. A few months ago MLCS introduced a new model that incorporated a Android Tablet to control the lift that added a lot of new features. Since I use the router a lot I decided...

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H.F. Dovetail jig vs General Tools Dovetail jig

H.F. Dovetail jig vs General Tools Dovetail jig

10-21-2016 08:11 PM by jdjdjfhgnghgn | 9 comments »

I gave the Harbor Freight dovetail jig a perfect 5 rating. I purchased Exactly 3 of these jigs and exactly 3 were broke right out of the box. Each one had a knob broken completely off. Perfect score. I know, it’s harbor freight…....I’m actually a fan. Might even try again. I bought a General Tools dovetail jig and it is pretty good. I’m a beginner and it was a quick setup and got good results. Joints a little tight, but that can be adjusted. Yeah, more seasoned ...

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Winky-Lift Router Lift by Winky's Woodworking LLC

Winky-Lift Router Lift by Winky's Woodworking LLC

10-06-2016 06:16 AM by Mork | 36 comments »

This review is of a product I am selling (can I review my own product?) I need to get this information out there and so far my relatively small business doesn’t have the budget that allows mass marketing and advertising. This router lift is completely unique in that it mounts in the cabinet below the the table rather than to the bottom of the table top (or inset). The biggest advantage to this design is that it can be used in a lift top router table! Yep… no more bending ov...

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A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

A serious consideration if after space saving & 100% flatness

09-19-2016 06:14 AM by Holbs | 7 comments »

This would be the 2nd largest new $$$ item I have purchased in the wood working arena on sale at Rockler for $249 (full retail is $329). This is the Promax RT, full cast iron, made to fit between the rails of your contractor / cabinet saw (space limitations apply such as motor being in the way on left tilts). I came from the Bosch benchtop router table (RA1181) that was giving me some…gruff. When I was looking to upgrade to more robust router solution, I came across this Bench Dog. ...

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Does what it's supposed to do...  with a bit of frustration

Does what it's supposed to do... with a bit of frustration

04-20-2016 09:25 PM by vulgarviking | 3 comments »

They say hind sight is 20/20. I recently bought this because my stand alone Craftsman (diecast deluxe router table and cabinet) was taking up too much space in my one car garage and with the recent purchase of my Delta 36-5000, I needed all the space possible. So, I sold the Craftsman and rather than take the money to build a router table between the saw’s rails, I bought the Bosch. And the reason why I choose this is because the table is exactly 27 inches and with some modifications...

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