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07-06-2012 12:29 PM

Hi, I have a Ryobi RE175 1 3/4HP variable speed plunge router that I got relatively cheaply from an older gentleman in my church. It looks unused, apart form box being opened. My question is, can you use a plunge router with a router table (i.e. can the ‘plunge’ function be disabled/not used while running the router)? Or do I need to save up for and buy a non-plunge router? Your advice is gratefully appreciated.

-- Clark in Georgia


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#1 posted 07-06-2012 12:35 PM

Yes, you can. Just be sure to lock the height in after adjusting it and you will be fine. Alternately, a few people here have used car jacks or small scissor jacks with plunge routers to act as a router lift. If you are making your own table I would consider doing that.

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 12:40 PM

I am making my own table (after I finish my workbench), but it takes me a while to save my ‘allowance’ so I wanted to know ahead of time. Thanks for helping!

-- Clark in Georgia

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 12:45 PM

Just be sure to get a router insert that matches the hole pattern on your router. If you can’t find one, then get a blank one and drill your own holes. It’s easy stuff. You can see in this thread what I mean about the car jack router lift. It makes the router really easy to adjust, and you can find small jacks just about everywhere for very little money

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 12:50 PM

While I’ve got you here, would a plung router be a good way to make 3/4” holes for bench dogs? I’ve used a router and a router table before, but never a plunge router.

-- Clark in Georgia

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 12:54 PM

The “square” holes for bench dogs? You could, but I’m pretty sure that router only has a 1/4” collet. Depending on what you are making you bench out of I’d be worried about deflection. I would use a drill with a forstner bit instead.

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 01:04 PM

I’m going with round holes. But I see your point; according to the internet (not at home to look), my router has only a 1/4” collet. Not too unhappy, I paid $15 for a new router, even if it’s a little limited :)

I have a 3/4” forstner bit, but my concern is keeping the drill relatively vertical so that the holes are true (or close enough to true).

-- Clark in Georgia

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#7 posted 07-06-2012 01:09 PM

You can definitely do it with a router, but you won’t be able to chuck up a 3/4 bit, so you would need multiple cuts. I used a forstner bit in my Milwaukee magnum and something like this:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2405

I found one on craigslist for 10$

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 01:14 PM

That’s the ticket! They’re having a 20% one item sale right now, too. Hmmm… Yeah, that might come in handy for a lot of things :)

-- Clark in Georgia

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#9 posted 07-06-2012 02:14 PM

Clark,

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Just a heads up on your 1 3/4 hp. router.

As with any router, you will want to take light cuts or passes, 1/16” in hardwoods – 1/8” in softer woods, so as not to get tear out on your profiled faces.

Especially with a 1 3/4 hp. router in a table you will want to ‘rest’ it often when making cuts in several boards so you dont overheat it. Small projects shouldn’t be a problem but if you are cutting profiles or dados, in several shelves/boards, give it a rest every 10 to 15 minutes of continuous use and you will extend it’s life.

The big routers, 2 1/4 hp. – 3 1/4 hp. handle continous use in a Router Table much better.

For your safety, familiarize yourself with the proper direction of feed both for handheld and table use of router.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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