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Forum topic by Florida Gramps posted 07-08-2018 01:33 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida Gramps

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07-08-2018 01:33 PM

I am 75 and only make small boxes and small cabinets. I am considering an INCRA LS because I want to make decorative corner joints. I am looking for answers to following questions
- is it easy to make thru dovetail and box joints-just slide the cursor, lock and cut?
- what is advantage of buying 25 inch vs 17 inch
-what is advantage of adding an optional wonder fence
-will a 24×36 offset table suffice or am I better off with a 43 inch table
-what are the most useful optional accessories

Thanks in advance, I have been lusting over the LS for many years and it is time to CARPE DIEM

-- Florida Gramps


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JRsgarage

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 03:26 PM

Hi Eros. I’m a novice myself but have and used a 24” system. As long as you can follow directions, it is a fairly a good system and can definitely do the stuff you want. Take your time and set up properly. The 25” system will allow you to work on bigger projects than the 17”.

I don’t have the wonder fence but they do look nice with the dust collection and independent right and left fence attachment. I use it on a bench dog router table so I don’t think table size is that crucial although 43 inches would make it easier if you decide to go with the larger system. I think the most important accessory comes with it…the right angle jig and get a 6 or 8 inch screw clamp to hold your work. Good luck with your purchase

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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duc996

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#2 posted 07-08-2018 03:45 PM


I am 75 and only make small boxes and small cabinets. I am considering an INCRA LS because I want to make decorative corner joints. I am looking for answers to following questions
- is it easy to make thru dovetail and box joints-just slide the cursor, lock and cut?

  • Yes as long as you take the time during setup of the router bit height and centering the stock. I can tell you that the Incra system will make you look like a pro with all your joints.

- what is advantage of buying 25 inch vs 17 inch

  • I have the LS25 and my max capacity the way I have it set is around 17” with the wonder fence attached or around 20” without the wonder fence attached. I always leave the wonder fence attached though. LS17 will be less capacity.

-what is advantage of adding an optional wonder fence

  • With the wonder fence you can use the individual fence to offset during jointing tasks and you can also swing larger raised panel bits much easier than if you just had the regular fence because you would need to make an auxiliary fence.

-will a 24×36 offset table suffice or am I better off with a 43 inch table

  • I went with the 43” table because I wanted the bigger capacity especially if you will be making dados.

-what are the most useful optional accessories

  • I would say the wonder fence, magloc insert plates (if you go with the Incra made router lift), and the clean sweep dust collector box. Together the wonder fence and the clean sweep dust box is excellent at collecting dust.

Thanks in advance, I have been lusting over the LS for many years and it is time to CARPE DIEM

- Eros

If you have further questions PM me, you won’t regret your purchase with Incra.

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duc996

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#3 posted 07-08-2018 03:55 PM


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#4 posted 07-09-2018 06:43 AM

Terrific looking router cabinet. Congrats. I see that you started with the Incra stand. Are there advantages with this approach vs making your own cabinet from scratch. Will that Clean Sweep work with a shop vac.

I have a waterfront cottage in Maine where do most of my woodworking during the summers. In Oct it’s back to my hot shop in FL. Planning on taking router table top back and forth.

I am very encouraged by your comments that if the bit is the right height and the work is properly centered, then the joint will look like a pro did it

-- Florida Gramps

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duc996

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#5 posted 07-09-2018 11:11 AM


Terrific looking router cabinet. Congrats. I see that you started with the Incra stand. Are there advantages with this approach vs making your own cabinet from scratch. Will that Clean Sweep work with a shop vac.

I wouldn’t say there is any advantage going with the Incra stand other than convenience. The clean sweep has a 4” dust port but you could always install a 4” to 2 1/2” reducer to fit your shopvac. Hope I’ve answered your questions, good luck!

I have a waterfront cottage in Maine where do most of my woodworking during the summers. In Oct it s back to my hot shop in FL. Planning on taking router table top back and forth.

I am very encouraged by your comments that if the bit is the right height and the work is properly centered, then the joint will look like a pro did it

- Florida Gramps


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