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Forum topic by LonelyRaven posted 03-12-2009 07:11 PM 4982 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LonelyRaven

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03-12-2009 07:11 PM

I’m considering getting the Incra LS Super Router Fence, and building up a table. I saw a few fantastic table builds here in the blogs, and the more I research the Incra, the more I’m thinking it’s the system for me.

My goal is small boxes, mens valets, guitar head cabs and speaker cabs (which I guess you could say are large boxes), and sound diffusers for my home theater.

I currently have the Bosch 1619evs plunge router, and a Freud FT1700 with the fixed base. I figured I’m going to use the Bosch as my heavy duity hand held, and mount the Freud into whatever table I put together.

I’m looking for some guidance for you Incra uses, especially the ones who build boxes…am I over buying here? I’m on a tight budget, and honestly, the Super System is probably going to have to go on the credit card if I want to do this now. Otherwise I may have to wait till fall before I’d have cash for building up such an expensive router table.

Also, my other concern is that I’m having trouble finding any router plates that say they work with the FT1700. So any suggestions there are greatly appreciated!


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Blake

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 12:18 AM

I PM’d you.

I actually would recommend the LS Standard System over the Super System. It is actually easier to use for most router and joinery operations without trying to keep that split-fence straight.

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SCOTSMAN

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 12:27 AM

I bought the complete incra ultra jig and cannot get it to work for dovetails just finger joints I have tried everything but to no avail cannot coment on fence alone.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 03-13-2009 01:29 AM

I have the LS standard system on my router table and just love it. A great system.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 04-08-2009 04:49 AM

I have the TS LS with all the attachments running on top of a Craftsman contractor with a Benchdog pro extension. And you can NOT go wrong with the LS positioner. The dovetails just take a little time to get the center right, but once you have that, just trust the positioner, and make sure you use backup pieces behind your work pieces. I got my system through ebay a piece at a time. Just have to be patient. Good luck.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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DocK16

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 05:26 AM

Accuracy, exact repeatability, and micro adjustability, can’t ask for much more. Even the best router table lacks it’s full potential without a good fence. I love my Incra Ultra System but I will say if your’re on a budget I will say this no cheap system. When you add up the table and top along with the fence and positioner, router, dust hood, lift mechanism you’re going to have $1000 bucks in it,or more.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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RockyTopScott

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#6 posted 04-09-2009 01:56 AM

I have the TS LS and the wonder fence running on my Steel City with an attached router table from woodpeck and their PRL.

every bit worth the money. wonderfully engineered

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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LonelyRaven

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#7 posted 04-09-2009 02:23 AM

Well, here’s what happened with this.

I was speaking to a few Incra users, and one tried to disuade me from purchasing the whole Super System….mostly because I’m on such a tight budget, and just get the basic 17” system. I was all set to follow that idea when my fiance offered to pitch in a little cash so I don’t regret downgrading later!

So a few hundred, a close out Phenolic Magnaplate, and some MDF, and I had myself a table top:

So as luck would have it…I was at an estate sale that had some tools (you’d cry if you knew what all got thrown away by the daughter of the deceased), and I stumbled into this table, which happens to be made for the Super System.

And, as luck would have it, I happened to notice what they were using as a drink table!!

I won’t tell you how much I paid for both table tops and legs…lets just say I paid less than if I were to just buy the legs! :P

The drawaback to all this, is that I’m itching to get the TS LS!

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Michael J. Moore

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 09:04 PM

I’m also considering getting an Incra LS Super Router Fence. I mainly will be building Guitar Speaker Cabinets & Head Cabinets as well. My only concern is that it might be awkward to work with larger 30” x 16” work pieces. I was looking into getting the Akeda BC24 for my joinery but they are not available in the states until Dec 2010 and I want something that can do more than just End Joints. If this can do production quality box joints and maybe some decent dovetails it might just be worth it.

Also from what I have been reading you can use the Super Fence to joint wood which would be good if you do not already have a jointer. I know that I don’t have the space for a jointer and a router table in my workshop so this may be a deciding factor for me.

Does anyone have experience with using this system with larger workpieces or have a different setup recommendation for someone with limited space?

-- Michael Jos Moore | Farmington, UT

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paratrooper34

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 06:37 AM

I have the LS Super System on my router table. It is a great system, as noted by all above. I never tried making dovetail joints with it, but the guy on the accompanying video makes it look SOOO easy! It does do a great job with box joints. The ability to adjust the fence in thousandths of an inch is handy. Yep, costly item, but worth the money.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 01:40 PM

I have the LS-25 Super. Absolutely the best for dovetails. I have three other DT jigs and this one is the best. After you follow the video a couple of times and get it set up….really easy.

-- Life is good.

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