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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 10-14-2014 02:50 AM 1073 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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10-14-2014 02:50 AM

Was rumaging through my dads shop which isn’t used anymore and found this router. Can anyone tell me anything about it and whether it’s useful for edging and whatnot? Or is it so outdated that I would be better just getting a new one?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 03:26 AM

Tools don’t ever go out of date. I can’t make out the brand but it doesn’t matter that much if it works. Clean it up and use it. Today most newer routers have a 1/2 inch chuck and they are desirable but the 1/4 inch chuck routers are still useful.

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 03:31 AM

Brand is Ward Power craft if that helps.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 03:47 AM

If you have the model number, you might be able to find out who actually made it here.

And like Grandpa sez – if it works, use it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 03:55 AM

If it runs, you could set it up for a specific task. Examples might be a flush trim bit, or a roundover bit. Something you might do on occasion. Just grab it and go. No hassle changing bits. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 04:21 AM

Yeah buddy. Gotta have a router for every bit.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#6 posted 10-14-2014 04:22 PM

I guess I need to familiarize myself with the tool. I saw people using the newer ones and it looked like there was a mechanism that allowed it to drop down. How the heck would you keep this one straight??

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#7 posted 10-14-2014 04:26 PM

It also has that twist able black ring in the middle of it with measurements printed on it. When I adjust it, it doesn’t seem to do anything to the machine.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#8 posted 10-14-2014 04:40 PM

You have to loosen the lock to be able to adjust the height of cut. If you haven’t used a router before ,hand held routers always are used left to right and with many operations you need some sort of guide or fence to make grooves or dados. These types of routers do not compare to newer routers but their better than no router at all.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#9 posted 10-14-2014 05:00 PM

Will I be able to use any bit a newer one could use?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#10 posted 10-14-2014 05:41 PM



Will I be able to use any bit a newer one could use?

- MissouriOutdoors88

Yes if it is the same shank diameter. Most router bits come in 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch shank diameter. There are also metric sizes available.

What you have pictured is called a fixed base. To use it, loosen the locking mechanism, turn the ring to adjust the bit height (cutting depth), tighten the locking mechanism. You are ready to rout.

The other model of router bases are called plunge bases. They are spring loaded. To use them, press the locking mechanism to unlock the router, lower the router to the desired depth, which will allow you to plunge the bit into the workpiece. You can preset your cutting depth with stops provided on a turret.

The fixed base router models are perfect when installed under a router table. The plunge base models are great for hand held work.

With the router pictured, you could use it hand held to rout the edge of a board, make flush trim cuts, cut dadoes and a lot more.

Search You Tube for “How to use a router”. that should keep you busy for a while. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 10-14-2014 05:48 PM

I would say, first of all plug it in and see if it runs before wasting your time on any other solution.

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MissouriOutdoors88

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#12 posted 10-14-2014 05:56 PM

Thanks a lot mike!

I have plugged it in and she does run. Can’t wait to play around with it after work tonight. Also getting my first band saw delivered tonight!

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#13 posted 10-14-2014 06:08 PM

88 go onto youtube and watch some videos so you don’t do something stupid and hurt yourself. They are pretty straight forward but if you have no experience at all with them it would be to your benefit to learn more first.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#14 posted 10-14-2014 06:11 PM

Now that it runs check to see how big hole is in your collet is . This is a collet .it’s were you insert the router bit on the bottom of the router.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 10-14-2014 06:13 PM

Ok, I’ll have a look at it when I get home.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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