Opinions regarding Incra Combo Router systems sought

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Forum topic by Soundforest posted 12-04-2011 06:07 AM 672 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2011 06:07 AM

From posting eleswhere I discovered the Incra dovetail system & became intrigued because of the precision & build (I have the 5000 sled & love it), and was impressed by the videos. The fact that I can do more than just dovetails, the repeatability, being able to make multiple cuts at once ( except for the pins) and of course the opinions are leading me to consider this system. I have our kitchen cabinets to do, as well as two friends who tell me they would “love” it if I would consider doing some for them (translation, I think, as “sucker”).

Anyway I have read quite a few of the past posts regarding the positioner systems with varied opinions, so I decided to call Incra to get their take on some of the criticisms. The first thing I asked about was: was the intend of these systems to be used as drawer dovetails for kitchens & the answer was most definitely yes, up to the 16” limit of the templates. I asked about the right angle fence, whether it was capable of handling 16” boards in a vertical position & was told for most standard cabinet depths it would do fine without any auxiliary support. I asked how many boards he had cut at once – he said 12 – as a “block” – it was actually more stable. He said typically 4 to 5 boards is usually the most one would cut at once. (We didn’t discuss vertical lengths though). I asked about the 25” vs the 17” extender. He felt the 25” was created frankly for those who didn’t have a TS set up for dadoing the middle of a larger board.

He felt the speed of the system had to do with the accuracy of repeatability. I asked about their Wonderfence dust system. For dovetailing, because of the distance from the fence, it wasn’t very effective but for other router work it worked fine.

So I’d like to know if there are Incra dovetail system users, who have used it for cabinetry drawers, as opposed to just small boxes & how effectively efficient you feel the system & if the 25” extension might be useful in ways other than just a cleaner cut than a TS.

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