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leigh vrs4200 vacuum & router support

leigh vrs4200 vacuum & router support

04-20-2019 06:34 PM by pottz | 13 comments »

got this accessory recommendation for my porter cable 4216 dovetail jig from fellow good friend and lumber jock little black duck.as soon as i checked it out i ordered it.after the first test of the router jig (i did a review on the porter cable jig also) i knew i needed some type of dust collection,everyone knows the dust created routing.this was an easy to setup jig that not only collects about 90 percent of the dust but also creates a great support for the router.the jig just stays attache...

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New Take on the router table fence

New Take on the router table fence

03-21-2019 12:59 PM by Jarrhead | 7 comments »

As promised in my last review about my new cast iron router table top, which can be found at this link: https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/11973here is my new fence. Once I decided to go with a cast iron table top, I also decided to go with a different type of fence. The top didn’t come with channels cast into it for a more traditional mounting of the fence. Some cast iron tops do have such channels, but most don’t. Instead, they have mounting bosses on the sides or under...

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New Router Table Top

New Router Table Top

03-12-2019 03:49 PM by Jarrhead | 2 comments »

My old router table top was a Woodpeckers MDF version purchased around about 2007. It had served me well, truth be told. It was/is still serviceable. Unlike most MDF tops it didn’t warp, even though I left the router hanging in it constantly, even when not in use. The problem I did have with it was with the slots cut into it for the fence. Those slots were merely machined into the MDF. There were no reinforced channels. consequently, after years of clamping and unclamping my Rouse...

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porter cable 4216

porter cable 4216

03-03-2019 04:38 AM by pottz | 18 comments »

porter cable 4216 joint system.just got the porter cable 4216 super jig. so first thing i had to do was play with it and test out the various joints it will do.out of the box their is very little assembly required.the first thing was how to hold the jig to the work bench,so i made a base the i could lock down to my assembly bench’s t track.next was to read the manuel as all men always do,”right” then proceed to create joints,such as the dove tail,blind dove and box joint.as...

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So far, exceeds expectations for under router dust collection

So far, exceeds expectations for under router dust collection

03-03-2019 03:41 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

With the upgrades done to my router lift and router, along with over arm/under table router table dust collection ducting, it was time to find a solution for the combination of the two. I look all around at reviews, suggestions, DIY solutions, rather spendy ideas. I settled for this little gem.After a good long month of use, 98% no router dust/chips anywhere under my table. Notice, not 100% because the blue boot does not totally fit snug against the router hexagon nut so that the boot is a...

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Robust router lift for Bench Dog only cast iron tables

Robust router lift for Bench Dog only cast iron tables

02-18-2019 03:58 AM by Holbs | 8 comments »

It came time to up my game. This is my first ever router lift after painfully manually adjustments for years. Because I have a Bench Dog table saw cast iron extension, I was limited (I believe) to either the Bench Dog router lift or Incra Mast-R-Lift-II-R . I went with the Incra because…well… what an awesome track record :)What’s to be said about this lift? It’s awesome 5 stars. Installation was a snap. Installed a Milwaukee 3HP 5625 to ensure all routing needs...

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When Reading the Manual Doesn't Help

When Reading the Manual Doesn't Help

11-18-2018 06:36 PM by MikeFromCanmore | 7 comments »

i decided it was time to try my hand at making dovetail joints, so I purchased the Craftex CT052N 12” Dovetail Jig. I had some 5/8ths boards so I thought a 1/2” dovetail jig would be appropriate. I have a Bosch router, a 1/2” 14 degree dovetail bit and a template that could be made to work with this jig. There are several measurements and adjustments that need to be made before starting to cut the dovetails. I carefully followed the instructions in the manual that came wi...

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Awesome tool for repetitive M&T Joints

Awesome tool for repetitive M&T Joints

06-14-2018 12:45 AM by MC | 4 comments »

I made the decision to purchase Leigh’s Pro FMT when I took a commission to build a large cabinet with over 200 mortise and tenon joints most of which were near identical. The tool is easy to put together and the instruction manual is very clear. There is some set up time involved with each change in configuration and for me a change in thought process. I am used to first cutting the mortise laying out the joint measuring from the edge. For the tenons I have always used a marking ga...

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Surprisingly Simple

Surprisingly Simple

05-01-2018 04:11 PM by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

This style of freestanding template jig has been around for a long time, but this one focuses on box joints. You can make 1/2” or 3/4” box joints, and the kit comes with just about everything you need. Just add an MDF fence, and you’re off to the races. Chuck the included router bit in your router, and install the eBush, then rout your first workpiece. Then flip the little green tab and rout the mating workpiece. The offset is automatic! I started with the eBush se...

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Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

Super Fence Unboxing and Assembly

04-21-2018 01:12 PM by MagicalMichael | 4 comments »

This review can only address the unboxing and assembly because the fence has gone onto a not quite finished bench and so hasn’t been used yet. The unit is very solidly made, and I feel confident I will like using it. However when I first unboxed it I considered returning it to Woodcraft. Instead of a router fence I had a collection of 15+ parts and what looked like maybe a hundred assorted, unidentified nuts, bolts and washers. My first look at the instruction manual suggested tha...

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