|Forum topic by Mark Shymanski||posted 08-05-2010 11:48 PM||1933 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-05-2010 11:48 PM
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