Christmas router

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Blog entry by CincyRW posted 12-27-2013 02:57 PM 1278 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hit it big for Christmas. My wife got me the Bosch 1617 router kit (fixed + plunge base) and a good quality bit assortment. I’m super happy and can’t wait to use this thing, although I have no projects in the que right now. So, I have a feeling that after this weekend all my scrap wood will have ogees, chamfers and roundovers. If anyone is in the market for scrap wood with random stuff routed into it, look no further.

Why I have no projects pending is a bit of a tangent so here it goes – My “big” Christmas gift to my wife was to make a little workout room / dance studio in our 3rd floor attic. She’s been involved in dance since she was a kid. Having a space to goof off for her is no different than having a workshop for us. Its her thing and I’m more than happy to support it. This involved painting, and electrician (to install recessed lights) and me learning how to plaster to fix the piece of the ceiling the electrician pulled down when removing the 1980s vintage track lights. (by the way, I learned to plaster from Youtube). Add to that, I threw my back out in a big way (my wife was ready to call 911 at least a couple times – I kind of got “stuck” on the floor and couldn’t move) – there’s been a lack of woodworking going on in our basement. I was quite literally trying to finish up the room for her on Christmas eve.

I was originally leaning toward the Bosch 23EVSK but it seemed like a lot more money for a few little extras. The 1617 seems to have a very solid reputation here as well as just about any other message board. From what I can see so far, this router should serve me very well for a long long time. This appears to be a very well designed and built machine.

I need a little bit of help from the LJ community though. I’d like to build a table saw extension and drop the router into it. I have a very small shop, so the prospect of combining a router table with the table saw “fotprint” is very appealing. I was looking for any guidance – specific or general – or even plans on how to do this. I’m sure I can figure it out for myself, but many things turn over in my mind like where exactly to locate the router in the table or if I can use the table saw fence for a router fence with a little modification, and how would I do dust control. Any insight here is appreciated.

On a related note, I found perfect material for the table saw extension / router table at…. wait for it… Ikea! First, I apologize to everyone here for visiting the “house that particle board built”, but we bought a mirror for the dance room (see 2nd paragraph). They had a scratch and dent area. I bought a 4’ X 4’ sheet of what appears to be MDF covered with the slickest material I think I’ve ever seen. It has the feel of a dry erase board. I’ll add a layer of 3/4” ply under this and I think I’ll have a great “slick” extension top. Oh … the best part… I think I only paid $15 for this thing and I’ll have plenty left over for whatever.

I should also mention that my wife also got me a fantastic bunch of “pinups” to put in frames and hang in the shop. She told me once that I really needed some naked girls hanging on the walls of my little shop – that it would make it feel more like….well… a shop. So she got me this great assortment of 1940s – 60s reproduction pinups. Looks like I need to get busy making some frames for these ladies. I’ll be sure to post pictures of my new “frames” (with pinup girls inside, of course) in the project blog.

Happy holidays. Be safe.

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 03:29 PM

Your wife sounds pretty cool. Get that studio finished. You can use the router to make frames for the pin ups. Enjoy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 04:21 PM

Hey CRW, enjoy. I have two of those routers and they have been really good to me.

I have one of them mounted in a wing on my TS just like you want. I use the TS fence for it. Not the ideal, because sometimes you want to route a profile, and then rip cut off that profile, rinse and repeat. Like when you are making picture frame material. But there are ways around it, and I have learned to make do.

I use to have the router just mounted in a hole through the wing on the TS. Really cheap, but kind of awkward to changed bits and adjust the height. I now have a plate insert that allows height to be controlled from above and ease of bit change.

Good luck,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 04:50 PM

I don’t know about the rest of the guys here, but I vote for seeing the pin-ups before the frames – um… just to make sure they are worthy of your effort. yeah, that is it.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 05:07 PM

Congrats on your new router. I have found that if I talk enough about a new tool I want, the wife encourages me to buy sooner than later just so she won’t have to hear about it any more. A low down tactic, but it works!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 06:29 AM

I have one for over 3 years now and it works really nice.
I had it in my router table for a while and was really happy with the fine height control.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 03:17 PM

Had a chance to mess around with the new router over the weekend. As predicted, much of my scrap has nice rounded or ogee edges.

This is a fantastic tool and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it.

One thing which occurred to me though is I really need to get serious about dust control. It seems as if the dust collection hoods are a real pain when used with a hand-held router, but I have to do something.

Thanks for the comments – more to come.

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