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Forum topic by misenbalm posted 10-14-2017 01:45 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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misenbalm

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10-14-2017 01:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router mortise plunge skil jig

I did a few searches to see if this came up before for this particular router. I was kind of surprised it had not so I suspect I may not be using the search well enough.

I got a used Skil 1810 router with a little table. I’m now considering building a mortise jig. Practically all of the videos / plans / talk I have seen about making such a jig is specifically for a plunge router. The manual for my router shows a similar plunge router and I am wondering if the plunge base can be bought for the fixed version. I did see another post where someone was asking about mortise jigs for his fixed router and someone there said that you could start your mortise with a drill, and then use the fixed router with a jig. I found a pretty good deal on a DW621 ($65), but I’m not sure if that’s a bit excessive for a novice woodworker like myself.


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#1 posted 10-14-2017 02:36 PM

Hello misenbalm welcome to Ljs

I’m not sure what router Jig you’re talking about but a plunge router is helpful for that kind of operation. Buying plunge base for your router if available at all will cost more than $65 so the DW621 is a super bargain and even though it’s size might be a bit intimidating to you I would suggest you buy it and just do some test cuts with it and you will find it not that challenging to use in time. Skil tools are considered rather low-end tools so you don’t know how long-lasting your router will last, having the DW will be a good back up plus you can use plunge routers for the same operations you use a fixed base router for and of course you have the extra benefit of the plunge.

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misenbalm

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#2 posted 10-14-2017 05:42 PM

I haven’t decided on a design for a mortise jig. I think that a plunge base was available, and that it would fit this router, but that it’s very difficult to find. I did see the part on one of those massive tool parts sites, and it was around $50, but no longer in stock. Thank you muchly, I think I will pick up that router today. The dw621 also has a better dust collection. The skil 1810 as an oval-ish port for which there was, at one time, an extension available to hook it up to a round hose thing.

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#3 posted 10-14-2017 05:51 PM

The dw621 is a very good plunge router. Try
to get the extra collet and wrench for it. There
are also some clear plastic dust shroud parts
the seller may have removed because they
interfere with larger bits.

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#4 posted 10-14-2017 07:39 PM

Not sure where you found the DW21 for $65 but I would not wait to get it because other woodworkers will jump on that price with both feet:)

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misenbalm

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#5 posted 10-16-2017 07:12 PM

I picked it up. It didn’t come with much in the way of accessories, but I think it’s enough to work with. It only has one collet and I have not yet determined which size.

Not to get too off topic here, but I bought it off of an app, OfferUp, and the woman who sold it to me is the aunt of a young man who was set on fire by his father. The family is now selling off the father’s stuff. They are also selling a chop saw for $60.

Thank you a1Jim!

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