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Forum topic by Carol posted 11-08-2019 05:47 PM 278 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2019 05:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table router

bought a router table and bolted it to a rolling cart i put together this week. but can’t make the drawer for the cart bottom until i can use the router :/

the table has no lift and i’m not sure what to do next. i attached my porter cable 690 router to the table top and left the plunge base on it. should i remove the plunge base instead? put the original base back? it’s so heavy trying to adjust it upside down that when i release the plunge base, the thing just falls.

how do i change the bit? just struggle with the router hanging upside down? i’ve looked at the different lifts available but just can’t justify the price considering there are so many other shop tools i need. found the “quick change” collet, but i have a hard time justifying spending that on a tiny piece of steel with an itty bitty set screw…(i’ll prolly buy it anyway tho…)

1 other thing, how much space should i leave between the bit and the split fence?

-- Carol

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 06:13 PM

I used a 690 PC router with a fixed base, and saved the plunge base for another 690 PC router. I now use a router lift and change the bits from the top.
The fixed base makes it easier to change bits. Just remove the router from the base, change the bit and re-install. Much easier to remove with the fixed base.
Double check the clamp before applying power. I neglected to do that once, and when I powered it up, the router unscrewed from the base and was dancing around on the floor near my feet!

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 10:53 PM

Make sure you lock down the casters so it won’t move when feeding wood against a cutter.

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#3 posted 11-09-2019 02:21 AM

+1 for what they said.

>> 1 other thing, how much space should i leave between the bit and the split fence? <<

Not much. When the bit is embedded in the split fence, the closer the fence is to the bit the better (as long as they don’t hit). Less potential for chatter and tearout. But you don’t have to get fussy about it – eyeballing will do.

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#4 posted 11-09-2019 02:50 AM

gotta say, i absolutely HATE the casters! what a bad purchase…they are PITA to lock and unlock but dont think i’ll forget to lock them b4 i start work.

can’t find my fixed router base! no way would i have tossed it, but i replaced it with the plunge base several years ago and can’t for the life of me remember why i would have taken the fixed one out of the hard shell router case but it’s nowhere to be found…

thinking about just mounting my dewalt trim router until i fix the porter cable issue – i’ve GOT to edge straighten some boards so i can continue my project and i dont have a jointer :/

-- Carol

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#5 posted 11-09-2019 03:10 AM

I use this inside the router table to keep my hands free while changing bits:

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#6 posted 11-09-2019 04:41 AM

I actually ordered that little jack today lol

-- Carol

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