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KelvinGrove

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439 days ago

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I am about to buy a new router. I need something larger than the, old, beat up, (but still spinning) Craftsman or Skil that I have now. They both work great but I am looking to mount the new one in a router table. I have decided on the Porter Cable 892. Good reviews, good reputation, all the features I need, and the price is right.

So, would those of you with a lot more experience in router table operation (and construction) tell me what I need in addition to the base unit? (And bits of course). I would prefer to order everything I need for my home made router table project at once.

Thanks.

Timhttp://lumberjocks.com/topics/new#

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.


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DS

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#1 posted 439 days ago

If you’re mounting this into a table, homemade or otherwise, you’ll want a quality router plate (or a lift, depending on available $$) set into your table. This simplifies tool changes and setups. Every now and again Rockler puts thiers on sale for around $35.

Nice choice on the PC 892, btw. You won’t regret having a nice router.
(You might regret having only one of them, though.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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KelvinGrove

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#2 posted 439 days ago

Thanks DS. Putting something my grand dad used to say: Buy one…a good one…for now and forever – Amen.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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KelvinGrove

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#3 posted 439 days ago

And it looks like this little jewel.

is a must have!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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Loren

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#4 posted 439 days ago

You won’t go too far wrong with Porter Cable (or Dewalt,
which are both Black and Decker brands and benefit from
many of the same patents).

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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KelvinGrove

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#5 posted 439 days ago

Thanks Loren. I considered the Dewalt (I have this yellow them going already) but I have seen a more good reviews for the Porter Cable. And to tell the truth…I am a poor kid! Also, I would like anyone’s opinion on the above the table adjustment tool shown above. Anyone using it?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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JSilverman

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#6 posted 439 days ago

check out woodpeckers and benchdog for router table accessories- they have a lot of options.
A good mounting plate is important, a lift is a convenience.
make a good table top (nice laminate top) and fence- no need to buy them—you are a woodworker after all :)
and don’t forget to build dust collection port into the fence. The fence should have T-track for hold-downs and other accessories and the opening should be adjustable.
the table should also have T-track in it for both feather boards and a miter gauge—you can get a combo track for that.

I think the PC, Bosch and Triton routers all do well in tables—if you will not be hand holding this one consider a 3 hp router for the table. for hand use they are a bit heavy but in tables they are great.

good luck

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 439 days ago

With the Porter Cable, be aware that you will be using a bent wrench to change the bits in a router table. This means the collet doesn’t extend far enough above the table to change bits with a straight wrench.
Freud and Triton routers have solved this issue.
I don’t think you will go wrong with the P.C. though.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 439 days ago

IMHO, I would have skipped the 892 and went for the bosch 1617EVS instead. It has a good track record and is usually cheaper.
The 892 is a good router, but not so much a good deal.

For table construction, 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together with hardwood edges, then plastic laminate on top make a great table top. I’m a big fan of incra’s magnalock insert plates. They have the best ring insert system available, and are a full 3/8” thick aluminum.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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KomputerMan

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#9 posted 439 days ago

I would suggest purchasing a router that has a plunge adapter too. I have a mount on my router table and a plunge adapter. It takes only seconds to pull the router from the table and put it into the plunger and that gives me all sorts of flexibility with the tool. Then again I love to build decorative inlays like my avatar shows!!! :)

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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KelvinGrove

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#10 posted 439 days ago

Nite, or anyone else,can I do above the table adjustments with the Bosch?

Komp, one reason I am looking at the 892 is the plunge base availability.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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sprucegum

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#11 posted 439 days ago

I have a older porta cable and a new makita like them both. My new makita is almost identical to the old porta cable. You can never have too many routers or too many fish poles.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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KelvinGrove

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#12 posted 439 days ago

Funny you should say that Spruce…I am in the market for a 7 foot medium bait casting rig as well.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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Tennessee

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#13 posted 439 days ago

I own the Porter Cable Plunge/standard setup router set #892, and it just sits around my shop, while my two Bosch routers, the 1617EVS mentioned by Nitewalker stays permanently in my router table in a stationary base, and my go-to daily router is a second Bosch 1617EVS in a plunge setup. I have others, 8 total floating around the shop, but the two Bosch’s see 70-80% of the work in my shop. The other two that get the most work are two small edge routers both equipped with 1/4” collets, a Rigid and a Dewalt.

Bosch…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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KelvinGrove

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#14 posted 439 days ago

Tennessee, why the Bosch over the PC? And can I make my adjustments above the table without a lift using the Bosch?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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surfin2

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#15 posted 439 days ago

I have the PC its alright for table mount but for hand held its top heavy & the base is to small U need to make a bigger one for it. The shaft lock on mine broke after acouple weeks.

NiteWalker I’m a big fan of incra’s magnalock insert plates. me 2…
With the plates being magnetic U can remove them real quick for bit removal…
Routers with above the table adjustments aren’t all there crack’d up to be, accurate they are not…
I’ve tried mine once, do them all by hand under the table,

-- Rick

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