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Mark Shymanski

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08-05-2010 11:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor tip router trouble shooting

Some days I wonder why they let me wander around loose. I have a Triton router which I am inordinately pleased with, and have been having a great time this first week of my vacation working on panel and frame doors for some renovations Jenn and I are doing at the house. The Triton has a very clever lock out system that will not let you start the router until you slide back a plastic bezel and turn the power on, it is also clever in another way which I learned the hardest way possible (and I’ll get back to that in a bit) ;-)

So I have the router upside down in my table and I am beavering away making sawdust and generally enjoying actually making something in my shop. Went inside for lunch, came back and wanted to move onto another stage of the project so I needed to change router bits…no problem (so I thought)I unplug the router (safety first right!) crank the little through the table crank and bring the collet up to undo and chunk it stops! I crank it down again check it there if are bits of wood somehow stopping it’s upward progress…nope all clear but there is sawdust all over the place so I take the plate up and blow out all the dust. Try cranking it again…no joy it stops again. To make a long and embarrassing story somewhat shorter I eventually take the plate off, two top plastic housings off remove the snap ring from the crank assembly and pull the plunge base off (thinking I somehow stripped the crank assembly), came in read LJ’s to see what other problems people had reported with the Triton router all to no avail. I just could not get the collet out far enough to get the wrench on it. Then I looked up into the mount for the non-cranked support post…there was a strange plastic cube that seemed to be the same size as the distance I could not crank the collet…remember that plastic bezel I was so please about stopping me from switching on the power at the wrong time, well it also prevents you from cranking out the collet whilst the power is turned on! Really good engineering…really bad trouble shooting on my part! I had neglected to turn the power switch of the router OFF because I was using the switch on my router table to turn the router off and on, so of course the safety feature that prevents idiots like myself doing grievous injury to themselves was behaving exactly as it should!!!

I sheepishly reassembled my router, before Jenn (or anyone) came in the shop and noticed what a klutz was working there. I have now finished my first ever frame and panel door; of which I am very pleased but my ego is still suffering badly :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 12:24 AM

Sounds like something I would do. Unfortunately for me, LOML would catch me in mid problem solving, then I would never hear the end of it.

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 12:25 AM

thank god its only your ego that has been heart
and nothing ells
just a shame powertools ain´t build so people can´t do anything on them
with out the powerswitch is of and the power is disconnected

congrats with your door hope it will be abused many years and hold up to it :-)


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#3 posted 08-06-2010 12:45 AM

Nice of you to share your agony. So we can smile at us never having done it.

But, I’m sure a few will.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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jim C

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 01:00 AM

I have the same router installed under my router table. The first thing I did was to remove that plastic piece of S*&^%.! If I were using it as a hand router, it would almost render it impossible to use. As I have a regular on/off switch, there is no need for it.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 01:00 AM

Greetings Mark,

AAAAHHHH yes, the old router…don’t you just love’em….

Any brand, all sizes, shapes, and different colors…...they are just like any other tool…..

They can leave you scratching your head, wondering how this or that happens, and most of the time

it’s what you did (or we do) that makes it happen. We all get a little off plumb sometimes….. lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 01:07 AM

Well, I’ve never done ANYTHING like that!
How about putting on a band saw blade with the teeth pointing up. Getting angry at the supplier for sending me a screwed up blade. Calling customer support and having the girl explain that I needed to twist it inside out.
And, they still let me vote and drive.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 04:45 AM

I’m glad I’m not the only one here who has had the light bulb come on.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 08-06-2010 04:53 AM

Thanks guys, it’s nice to know I am not alone LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 05:46 AM

ouch…but a bruised ego is waaaaay better then a missing body part…good story…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 06:21 AM

Yeah, there was not danger as I had the thing in pieces…unless I swallowed one of them I guess LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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