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Old 07-02-2012, 04:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi

i'm new here. i just have access to a trimmer not a full router.
Is it possible to make box joints with it?

The wood pieces i am working in are small, about 50 by 20 by 200mm .

Thanks a lot .!

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Old 07-02-2012, 04:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hi

i'm new here. i just have access to a trimmer not a full router.
Is it possible to make box joints with it?

The wood pieces i am working in are small, about 50 by 20 by 200mm .

Thanks a lot .!
If I understand you Steve the wood is 20mm thick, rather thick for a trim router, you would have to feed very slow and risk burn marks. You would of course have the trim router mounted under a table unless you are capable of making a suitable jig for use with a straight bearing bit. What is it that you're making, perhaps there is a more suitable joint. These shots show the basic type jigs that are used for routing box joints. By the way, welcome to the forum.
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thank you!

Sorry, i meant to say it is 10mm thick and not 20mm.

the trimmer i got is a Maktec MT370. There is 4 small screws at the base. I guess I could build a small router table for it and then a jig .

On hindsight, I should have maybe pay twice the price and get a Hitachi router instead.
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The Maktec is made by MAKITA and is a first class product. Table mounted I don't see a problem using 10mm material. Post a couple of photographs when your project is finished, including any errors, and we all make those Steve!
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Been using a trim router as a dedicated router for dovetails as well as box joints. Seems to work well. Have a PC jig and real happy with it all
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Been using a trim router as a dedicated router for dovetails as well as box joints. Seems to work well. Have a PC jig and real happy with it all
Do you use a router table for doing the dovetails?

my trimmer is using 1/4" shanks. I read I should not use too big a router bit as this trimmer has no variable speed control. Could I still use a dovetail bit?
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thank you!

Sorry, i meant to say it is 10mm thick and not 20mm.

the trimmer i got is a Maktec MT370. There is 4 small screws at the base. I guess I could build a small router table for it and then a jig .

On hindsight, I should have maybe pay twice the price and get a Hitachi router instead.
HI Steve - That appears to be a quality router. The only issue that may come up with your application is that it appears to be a fixed speed, 35,000 rpm machine. You may need to develop some techniques to cut down on tearout. You may also experience some burning but that should be hidden by the joint and of no real consequence.
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mine is used in a PC jig, no router table for eather joint. Burns are hidden by the joint so they don't show. Tear out is stopped by precutting the ends. Haven't had any issues with the speed. Enjoy your time in the shop.
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If I understand you Steve the wood is 20mm thick, rather thick for a trim router, you would have to feed very slow and risk burn marks. You would of course have the trim router mounted under a table unless you are capable of making a suitable jig for use with a straight bearing bit. What is it that you're making, perhaps there is a more suitable joint. These shots show the basic type jigs that are used for routing box joints. By the way, welcome to the forum.
Steve I would defintely fix the router to a router plate, it is just so much easier and safer.
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