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Forum topic by Woodworker101 posted 12-19-2013 03:47 AM 684 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodworker101

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12-19-2013 03:47 AM

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting to make a new router table for my plunge base router. I didn’t really like the way that I was adjusting the height of my router bits on my current table. I was thinking of making a router lift just like Matthias Wandel’s however I don’t think it would work with a plunge router. 

Does anyone else know if there is a similar way of adjusting the height of a router bit using a plunge router attached to a router table?

-- Jackson, Australia,http://www.jacksonsfinecarpentry.com.au/


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lab7654

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 03:50 AM

Can you take the motor out of the base? If not, then I’ve heard of people rigging up bottle jacks under the router. Pretty creative, but I doubt there’s a lot of micro adjustment.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 04:19 AM

Plunge routers aren’t the best for tables. Unless they have an easy way to remove the spring, you tend to fight against the plunge spring to make adjustments.

I like routers that extend high enough to change bits topside.

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

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ajosephg

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 06:46 PM

I have a Dewalt DW625 plunge router in my router table, and it works ok – for a hobbiest. The biggest shortcomings are the time it takes to make a major height adjustment, and the awkwardness of having to reach under the table to make the adjustment.

I removed the springs for awhile but put them back in because the router wouldn’t track small changes of the height when lowering the router. IAW, when I would turn the knob to lower the router, it wouldn’t immediately drop.

-- Joe

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 07:03 PM

The best answer, in my opinion, is a table that is hinged and stays up at about a 45o angle. You can see the router bit to measure height or to compare to a pre-existing cut on a piece of stock.

From that angle it’s easy to remove the motor from the base for changing bits. Even with the much over-vaunted top adjust gizmo, you still have to hunker down. With the hinged top you don’t need that feature at all.

I’m strongly in Pintodeluxe’s camp on this—to put a plunge router in a table is to bury its best virtue and end up with an ill advised marriage.

A PC 690 will do everything you need to do in a table and you won’t be hearing that ringing and tootling when you turn your back. (That would be the bells and whistles, complaining they don’t get to do anything.)

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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