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Beautyfish

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07-31-2020 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman router insert table

Hi All -

I have been gifted my first two routers, 1 horse and 1.25 horse Craftsman 6” models with 1/4” shanks, probably from the 1990’s. I realize that these are not exactly state of the art, but I have a bunch of bits, including some recent ones with carbide tips, an edge guide, a biscuit joinery attachment, and a circle cutting attachment. I feel that it would be a shame to throw all of that away.

While I plan to get something more current, like a Bosch Colt, both of these run well and I would like to install at least one in a table to make a roundover station, and maybe a dado/rabbet station. I’ve seen lots of DIY plans for router tables, but I haven’t found one of the factory-made precision inserts to fit these routers. I can always make my own, but I was wondering if there are any modern accessories that would fit this router.

I’m just getting started putting a basement shop together after years living in an apartment. Any and all advice is appreciate. I’m strictly a hobbyist, and would like to work my way up from doing “home handyman” projects in plywood to making furniture and electric guitars out of hardwood.

Thanks,

Jim


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hairy

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#1 posted 07-31-2020 05:32 PM

I make my own, it’s not complicated. https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/287473

I make them for several size bits, and have a few with only the 1/4” hole used in the process. That way I can drill to a specific size, if needed.

If you have dust collection through the insert, drill extra holes.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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hairy

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#2 posted 07-31-2020 05:53 PM

For roundover, I use a dedicated router set up for that. For some reason, it takes me a long time to set up a roundover bit in the router table.Yes, I paid $3 for that router at a yard sale, I didn’t even haggle.

I keep that router in that blue cabinet, it takes about 1 minute to be ready to roundover.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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