|Forum topic by Blake||posted 10-19-2007 11:30 PM||20069 views||21 times favorited||85 replies|
10-19-2007 11:30 PM
I wanted to start a blog on Incra, because wanted to know what you think. I am relatively new to the discovery. For a long time I was an anti-Incra snob. I saw the shiny gold colored aircraft aluminum and the huge price tag and stuck my nose up in the air. It seemed so extravagant and unnecessary.
But I found a used Wonderfence by Incra and made the plunge. I started looking into it and realized that I could not use it to its full potential without its backbone—the positioner. The whole Incra thing has snow-balled on me and now I am a full believer. I guess I have entered the Incra “cult.”
I have a slightly older version of this system (with a brand new positioner):
I built a router table to use the fence with but it was hastily made and somewhat of a prototype. I used an old piece of formika countertop. There are some features I like: fully enclosed cabinet with dust collection, on/off switch on outside of cabinet, casters on base, etc.
My Router Table:
It was not long enough for the Incra positioner so I added a hinged shelf. This worked well because it allowed the positioner portion of the fence to fold down and save space when not in use:
My Router Table with the fence/shelf folded down:
I also had some thick clear plastic that I used to make a few different router plates. All in all the whole thing is alright but now that I have worked some of the bugs out and committed to the Incra system, I am ready to build the ultimate router table. This current table is not accurate enough. The fence is more accurate than the table top. It is not perfectly flat and the plate also sags. I am building the full size table: 32”x43” (no hinging shelf). The store-bought tables are usually 27×43 but my fence is 32” wide.
I also ordered the Incra Magna-Lock router table plate yesterday. I already have the miter gage channel.
But this is what I want to know from you:
Jon3 Has shared his New Yankee style table with us recently. Check out his series HERE. Thanks, Jon3, I like it. I especially like your router lift. How do you like using it? Is it worth the dough? I have never tried one.
I have thought about using their table saw fence system or integrating that with the router table extension. But that is out of my budget for now. Also I figured that dedicated machinery is best if you have room. I don’t have much room but for this it is worth it.
The table saw fence system:
edp wrote a great article about the value of dedicated machinery and I agree with him. Check out his article HERE. Thanks edp. Besides, figure if I have to set up for an opperation on the router table, then use the table saw, and then go back to the router table… well, you get the point.
P.S. I swear I don’t work for Incra. I just think their system has dramatically changed the way I do stuff. Everything is infinitely quicker, easier, and more accurate. I build jewelry boxes, so this is crucial.
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