Join Date: Nov 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Matt
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Welcome to the router forum, Matt
Thank you for joining us.
If you are like me, most of the "accessories" you end up with will be home made jigs and templates that you make yourself. dado jigs, circle jigs....
What do you have in mind, boxes? cabinets? toys? outdoor furniture?
This is my first post so let me introduce myself. My name is Matt and I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I'm a web developer by trade and just started woodworking as a hobby.
In any case, I've become sort of a Makita tool nut as they are rather affordable (in comparison to Festool and other such tools) and they are top of the line as far as I can tell and from what I've used of them so far. That being said, I picked up the RF1101 router kit. I've read that you can use the guide bushings that fit the Porter Cable 690 but have not bought/tried this yet. Searching for other accessories for this router has been sort of tough as I can't find much info on it other than companies selling it or what's on Amazon reviews.
My question, thus, is this: Kind of like the guide bushings, what other accessories/jigs that go with other routers can I use with this router? Or, alternately, what plates that fit this router can I buy to make other accessories work with it?
Thanks in advance for any insight that can be offered.
Hi Matt - Welcome to the forum
About the only things I can think of for someone just starting out, other than bushings, is an edge guide and possibly a circle jig. Both are easily made and would provide an opportunity to practice with the router. The edge guide is the only one I can think of that is router specific because they usually mount in holes cast in the base. If you want to mount it in a table, the mounting plate is drilled for the specific bolt pattern. Once you have some projects in mind other jigs will pop up. For instance, if you decide to build some cabinets you may want an adjustable dado jig and shelf pin jig, for drawers/boxes, maybe a dovetail jig. The list sorta goes on, and on, and on.
Once again, welcome to the forum
In any case, you bring up a good point, the edge guide. I can't seem to find one available online as Amazon says "Currently Unavailable" and I'm not sure buying straight through Makita is cost effective. However, can I not just make a base for it out of hardboard or something along those lines (maybe 1/4"?) with a round part and then square off the other side or even put a cleat on the straight side so it sits over the edge with a thin piece of hardwood (oak?)? I know I'd have to make sure its square and true which may not be the easiest thing I suppose so I don't know if that's a good idea... Any suggestions?
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