Timber Shows... #10: Why I go to Timber Shows.......!!

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-12-2010 11:05 AM 1622 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you thought … to sell Torque Workcentres, network, meet girls, drink beer and have fun you would be correct but….

One of the main reasons to go to a wood show is to learn more about woodworking…The Canberra Timber and Working with Wood Show was no exception… there were a few things I picked up from chatting with various folks at the woodshow….

The one I want to discuss in this post is about the Router Table…and what you can do to make using one just a little easier..For such a long time I have been wanting to get a router lift for the Professional Router Table Top I got a while back from Graeme at PWS.

At the show I noticed the router tables being used by both Roger Gifkin [designer and manufacturer of the Gifkin Dovetail Jig] and Neil Scobie [woodworker and teacher] had the new Triton Router. It fitted in the Box Makers Table designed by Roger especially for box making and small accurate joinery. I asked Roger why the Triton and he told me it was partly the way the cooling fins were on the side and not underneath the router… this means they are not subject to sawdust and chips falling into the motor when suspended upside down under the table… the other thing was the ease of changing bits due to the collet being able to be raised above the table..

I told him I had a lot of trouble adjusting the height of the bit from under the table… he then explained that most routers used in tables were plunge routers..

Yes I understand that but….

He then made a statement that makes so much sense I could not believe I did not see it earlier…

Plunge routers have springs to return the router to the upper position when being used by hand… when you put them in a table the spring becomes an impediment to pushing the router UP to adjust the height…so


Take out the springs…....

I could not believe it would be so simple…

I took the springs out of my Makita 3612 and can not believe how much easier it is to fix the height…

So if you only learn one thing… it is worth price of admission…
For all those who knew this… thanks…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 12:17 PM

A day you learned something new is a day you were alive from the neck up.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 01:56 PM

I have a fairly large old Ryobi plunge mounted under the right wing of my tablesaw, with the springs removed. I just always hope that I know where to find them to put back in when I need it for hand held operations.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 02:52 PM

good tip , larry .

i never would have thought to go to a wood show ,
for woodworking !

i did get an e-mail ,
saying i should got to a retirement home

to find women !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 04:59 PM

I currently use a router lift in my table. I use to use a plunge router years ago, but had racking issues. Plunge routers adjust the height by pushing on one side, with the other side following. Normally this works fine, but if I needed to move the bit a half a hair, the initial movement was a small jump because it would rack slightly before the other side would catch up.

The router lift is geared on both side posts and moves at exactly the same time with the same amount of force, eliminating any initial “micro racking” problems. The Rockler lift I now use was a wonderful addition and well worth the money.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 08:10 PM

from one who didn´t knew it thank´s for the tip Larry :-)


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#6 posted 09-13-2010 07:04 PM

That sounds so easy! Not knowing how a table-top mounted router lift works, I have a question: Do you know if removing the plunge springs will work on a router with a plunge depth knob that works from under the table? I want to make sure the motor wont separate from the router base due to vibration!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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