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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 09-01-2013 06:06 AM 1585 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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09-01-2013 06:06 AM

I’m craving a router table. I think I’m convincing myself I have a lot of projects that would require one haha!

I’ve missed out on 2 craigslist deals the past 6 months and am undecided about this current deal.

Here’s a pic. The incra top, twin linear fence, stand, and blue dust box are included. No router, no life and no plate. Seller wants $375 and is 90 minutes away.

For $499 I can get the Kreg kit with lift or build a table for probably $200 and buy a lift. Then add a fence.

Who has experience with a Twin Linear system? Are they good for standard routing in addition to fancy joints?


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Loren

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 07:03 AM

Such systems are useful for things like dovetails,
box joints and wood hinges only. For some professional
work for boxmakers they are accurate and versatile.

For dados, tenoning and so forth, they are not
advantages.

I will say this though:

Having redundancy in machine capacity if useful
if you have the floor space and budget to do it.

I have a lot of redundancy and this allows me to
move to another machine if I need to preserve
a setup or because the machine or setup has
developed an accuracy or repetition issue I do
not have the time to diagnose and resolve.

This may seem rather nerdy and aloof, but I assure
you that even if the wording is odd, the principles
are real and bothersome.

I have never used a lift. Mostly I have screwed a
router to the bottom of a piece of sink cutout
and got to work. For a few years I had a 1/4”
steel Veritas router table which was tensioned
with a slight hump to compensate for router
sag. I thought it worked very well and I set
depth by trial and error without becoming too
tramatized.

The desire to “dial in” woodworking settings and
“crank out” quality work is understandable,
but if you really want that sort of precision
take a look at $30,000 Martin shapers and
ask yourself if you really believe hobby grade
equipment can do the same thing.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Howie

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 11:39 AM

I have an LS-25 w/super fence on my router table and an LS-25 on my TS. You cannot beat Incra for accuracy. Like Loren said you can’t beat them for redundancy either.
Does this include the templates to go with it?(they can be bought cheap)
I paid over $400 for the router ls-25 w/superfence. No table,no stand, no plate just the unit. With the stand etc included I think that is a fair price.
Just my $.02

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mporter

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 01:35 PM

Don’t want to make you sick, but I bought the exact same setup with the lift, plate and router for 200. I love it. I am just beginning to unlock its potential. Great system. Great for boxes, finger joints, dovetails.

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riderguy57

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 04:42 PM

Everything standard can be done on the Twin Linear. Then you have all the extra stuff it can do!

Scott

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 06:19 PM

I have 5 incra fences, it’s worth every penny. Grab it while you have the chance!!! Almost everything I post was, in some way, created using an Incra fence.

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