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Plans for The Morley Mortiser

Plans for The Morley Mortiser

04-14-2018 08:34 PM by Rich | 2 comments »

I’ve been looking around for ideas for a mortising jig for the router. Most of what I’ve found up to this point is pretty makeshift, either using the edge guide for the router with some stops, or requiring different jigs for each size. I first came across Philip Morley’s web site when I was researching Krenov-style saw horses. Philip is the product of a London trade school and two apprenticeships under master furniture makers. As a result, his work is impeccable. It&#...

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Excellent jig but short on guide plates

Excellent jig but short on guide plates

12-23-2017 01:12 AM by EarlS | 5 comments »

I spent quite a bit of time researching options for a mortise and tenon jig. In short order, the options were narrowed down to the Festool Domino or the Leigh FMT Pro M&T jig. As part of the final review I asked the LJ forum what folks thought of both tools. Responses were evenly split between them. I finally chose to go with the FMT Pro. So here goes: Overview: 4 Stars – I was able to make very accurate, tight and repeatable mortises and tenons even with double angles (5 stars)...

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Whiteside Router Bit UDFT5152 Flush Trim Up/Down Spiral Bit

Whiteside Router Bit UDFT5152 Flush Trim Up/Down Spiral Bit

10-29-2017 05:00 AM by Rich | 8 comments »

First, pardon the commercial web site photo. I usually prefer to post my own photos, but in this case, the image from the web site shows it best. This router bit is such a great performer. I’ve used two-flute flush trim bits for years with mixed success. If you can manage to run with the grain, they work beautifully. Using a combination bit with bearings on the top and bottom helps with that because you can flip the piece with the template attached and adjust the bit height so th...

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so far so good?

so far so good?

09-17-2017 08:32 PM by pottz | 13 comments »

well I just got this dust shield yesterday and put it to the test,mounted it on my porter cable fixed base router, pretty simple.tested with the biggest bit that would fit through the shield,1-3/8 chamfer bit,wanted to make as much dust as possible.well it did a great job picking up id estimate to be 95% or more.i have it connected to my fein dust collector attached to the router with rocklers dust right universal hose kit which fit perfectly.i agree with iminmyshop though that the plastic is...

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MLCS (Katana) Lock Miter Joint Router Bit (w/Addendum)

MLCS (Katana) Lock Miter Joint Router Bit (w/Addendum)

09-14-2017 08:16 PM by Andybb | 7 comments »

Not really sure if this is a blog or a review or both. I don’t usually write reviews but I had such a good experience with this that I thought I would. Some background…. I needed to make some professional looking joints for some jewelry box drawer carcasses I was making with 1/2” stock. Someone suggested the Rockler Miter Fold Dado Set but at $350 it seemed a little spendy. That put me on to the Infinity Jr. Lock Miter bit for $70 plus another $10 for the setup bl...

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Works well but is made of cheap junk that breaks easily

Works well but is made of cheap junk that breaks easily

09-11-2017 04:04 AM by iminmyshop | 7 comments »

Routers kick up a dust storrn that is both annoying and unhealthy. So when I saw a video for Oneida’s new router dust shroud I was excited and immediately bought one. It worked well but the plastic it is made of is so flimsy that the shroud popped out with use. Later, on the first day of use, part of the shroud cracked when the router was set on its side (gently). The sad part is that when it was working, the shroud was very effective. Another problem is that the recess for the...

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Onieda Air Systems Dust-Free Router hood

Onieda Air Systems Dust-Free Router hood

06-29-2017 02:07 PM by HassanMirza | 5 comments »

I acquired a Oneida Air Systems router hood, let me start of by saying that I am fan of the Cyclone, I have it on my modified Harbor Freight Dust Collector. I work in a smaller basement shop and as many of us know when flush trimming with the router makes a huge mess! I am in the middle of a project and I needed to do flush trim plywood. When I got the Router hood and I attached it to my Dewalt DW618, which was a very simple process. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but hooked up a ...

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Good cabinet. A couple small mistakes

Good cabinet. A couple small mistakes

05-05-2017 05:25 PM by jklingel | 7 comments »

Last year I bought Norm’s plans for his updated router cabinet and built it recently. Overall, it is a very nice cabinet, but there are a couple of small things I don’t think are right, or could be tweaked. You may want to keep them in mind when/if you use his plans. For one, the plans say to drill a 2” hole in the back of the cabinet for a 2” PVC exhaust pipe. You need a 2 3/8” hole for 2” pipe. Unfortunately, when I saw the mistake on the hole size it did...

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Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

Bench Dog Router setup - Inconsistent Quality

04-09-2017 01:51 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 05:35 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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