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Forum topic by Ranma posted 07-16-2015 03:12 PM 407 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2015 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

So I have been tinkering around with wood working for about 6 months now. Made a couple of bookcases, and some shelves for the bathroom and discovered 2 main things

1) I really love working with wood. The art of creating something is just appealing to me.

2) My fathers 1960s era tablesaw that he left in my garage, and not having a router table make doing anything more than the most simple of projects impossible.

So knowing these two things I have convinced my wife to let me invest into some tools with a promise that one day after much skill building, I would redo the kitchen cabinets into exactly something she would love. I know, lofty goal, but I never promised when I would be able to accomplish it.

After talking with friends in the office and reading posts in forums, the most consistent thing I have found is that most woodworkers say, buy the right tool the first time and you wont regret it. Given this, on my router table I settled on the Cast Iron Bench dog table which I already own, and got my wife who is an RN (having worked in ER she has seen first hand what table saws are capable of) to agree to let me buy a SawStop PCS (this one I will be acquiring in the next few weeks).

Enough of the intro, needless to say I am a novice and I seek wisdom of those more experienced than I. I am looking for a good router motor to go into my table. I already have an Incra Lift system for the table, and I currently have my underpowered Porter Cable 690LR, which has been fine for now, but I know I need something better. I have been looking at the Porter Cable 7518 motor, but I have read that the collets that come with it leave much to be desired as they have a lot of runout (I think that is the term I have read. and I understand I think that is the amount of wobble, or movement the bit has when in the collet.) SO my question is if this is a good choice in motor and if so are there any recommended after-market Collets that might reduce the runout? Or should I be looking at another vendor model? I am a firm believer in spending the money on the right item the first time and not buying something that I will replace because its either made cheaply or not suited to the job.

Thank you in advance for your constructive responses! Please be gentle…its my first time. :-)

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#1 posted 07-16-2015 03:58 PM

I suggest buying and reading this book. It may change your thinking.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-16-2015 03:59 PM

That might be a good idea if you can afford the best tools and think you are going to do woodworking for the next 15 years or so in order for your tools to payoff. So, the commitment and budget are the two things I would consider. Other than that, I have a Bosch router that has been working pretty good for a year now. Unfortunately, most machine tools have been farmed out to various countries like China. The same factory may make several different brand and they get distributed with different name brands based on the specification. Anyways, welcome to the world of woodworking and best of luck.


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