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Blog entry by JuniorJoiner posted 08-13-2010 08:47 PM 4543 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have mostly been a hand tool guy. So many hand planes and chisels and saws, but I had a reason.
Most of my obsession for hand tools came from my daily morphine use, I didn’t trust myself to use power tools much of the time, and things can go bad with power tools much faster.
Well, after some serious schooling, and some medication changes, I am accepting power into the shop.
the latest of which being routers. I was most timid around routers due to their high rpm, and carbide cutters usually turned on at waist height.

anyway, in the last while I bought what i think is a decent router setup for my small shop.

router table, I chose this lift because of the precision adjust , and the above the table bit changes. the router thats in it is a porter cable from a multi base set. I initially thought it would do most shop tasks. but the plunge mechanism(of ther porter cable) is crap, and putting it in the router lift required removing some of the guides for the different bases on the router motor. so it stays in the router

So, with that router being dedicated, I needed another

yeah, so I bought a festool. I have a good reason.
back to that precision thing. At school, we got to use an old Elu router which had belonged to James Krenov. the precise adjustment, plunge smoothness and ergonomics of that tool are top notch. which is probably why that aren’t made anymore. this particular model of festool (OF 1010EQ) is the nearest thing I could find.

I have to say, for the price, I expected more in the box. at least an edge guide or guide bushings.
but, after a quick assessment, I decided to make some guide fences for the router to do what I needed it to do.

it took less than an hour to make two wooden guide fences , and now I can use it for leg mortises as I intended. I guess it’s not uncommon to need to build jigs for a tool right away, I just expected more for the price.

anyway, I should get back to the comission that prompted the need for routers.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 08:50 PM

Excellent choices !

As somebody who is—at times—on a fair amount of pain medication, I understand your concerns. I’m glad you’re in a place where you feel comfortable with power tools, and … excellent power tools, at that !

Once you taste the Festool crack, though … I hear there’s NO turning back :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 09:34 PM

I think you did fine, looks ok to me.
I made my own which is very easy to make but yours should work better…. Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 10:57 PM

I should add that I bought the benchtop Kreg router table , mostly for the table size because of limited space in my shop. the larger table has a stand of a more correct height, but would have no comfortable space in my shop. my intention is to build a rolling stand for the router table in the future using the bought table , and throwing out the metal stand that came with it. the stand height added to my bench height is too tall to use. so for now I drag the system out and use it on a pair of horses when i need it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 02:57 AM

Great stuff!

What do you use to screw on the router’s two guide rods? Those golden screws, what are those called?

Making an edge guide for the festool router (it really wimps out on accessories bundled in) also.

-- - Gabe

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 04:30 AM

I had those screws laying around.,43576,61994&ap=1

never know when you will need to make a jig.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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