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Forum topic by davidtheboxmaker posted 04-29-2008 08:50 PM 1076 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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davidtheboxmaker

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04-29-2008 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router question milling joining

I’m thinking of replacing my router which is now 6 or 7 years old and starting to show its age.
I make mainly boxes, and the router will be used in a table almost all the time.
I’ve recently bought the Incra jig, and plan to use it a lot in coming months.
I feel I’ll need a lot of power to cut the cornerpost sections in exotic hardwoods.
Is anyone out there doing this work, and if so, which router or power rating do you use?


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 09:15 PM

I can’t say if you really need 3 1/4 hp. 2 1/4 is plenty for everything I do. Whatever size you decide to go with, I highly recommend the Triton for its ability to let you do above-the-table bit changes without a separate lift mechanism. It is a huge time and effort saver as opposed to having to pull the router out from under the table every time you change bits. And if you have priced router lifts, you know they are quite expensive.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-29-2008 11:43 PM

Do you currently have a router lift? If so that may determine which router you get. If you get a 3 1/4 HP
you will never need anything else. I have a 3 1/4 PC in a Woodpecker lift with a Incra ultra fence. I will
never need anything else. There is no more room for improvement.

As Charlie says the Triton has a built in lift mechanism, which can save you money if that’s a major concern.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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davidtheboxmaker

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 12:25 AM

Thanks for your replies guys.
Charlie – I have got the Triton on my list of possibles – can it be fixed to an insert plate or do you need a clamping system as in the triton table?
GaryK – I’m at the stage where I’m happy enough to get the kit that will do the job efficiently. Obviously you’ve gone for max. power and found that it does the job – my fear is that if I don’t buy the most powerful machine I may struggle to produce Incra corner joints.

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#4 posted 04-30-2008 12:45 AM

If you don’t ever plan on using big panel raising bits, then 2 1/4 HP or less would be fine for dovetails.

I got the big one because I wanted the “Final” solution.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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trifern

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 01:32 AM

Make sure the brand has the bushings you will need readily available. Unfortunately, there is no industry standard for routers and attachments. I have a Freud and love it. It was a little difficult tracking down the proper bushings needed to cut dovetails with my Leigh jig.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 04-30-2008 02:11 AM

David, my Triton is attached with machine screws through the table into the base of the router.

Gary: You seem pretty sure that no one will invent a better mousetrap! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 05:12 AM

So, Gary, are you saying that the PC 690 with 1 3/4 hp woluld do fine for most dovetails with the Incra fence? That would be sweet, cause I already have one. Or should I get a new insert for my 2 hp Ryobi?

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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GaryK

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#8 posted 04-30-2008 05:41 AM

Charlie – I stopped looking for anything better, that’s why I know I’ll never find anything. :-)

Hawg – If you’re talking dovetail bits and straight bits the 690 would work fine. That’s all I used for years
for cutting dovetails. You get into anything like a bigger profile bit greater than an inch in diameter,
then I would start looking for something bigger. But even then taking small passes would work.

I have three 690’s and that what I used in my router table for about 6 years.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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davidtheboxmaker

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#9 posted 04-30-2008 08:52 AM

Again – thanks for all the information.
I do have a panel raising bit, but its quite small – intended for box tops etc., and not greatly used.
The main contendors on my list are Triton and Freud models both of which allow above the table bit changing, and height adjustment.
I wasn’t sure that the Triton could be screwed to the table top, so thanks to Charlie for clearing that up.
The Freud 3000 didn’t get the greatest write up in one of the UK mags., so I think the Triton will be my choice.

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