Well I mentioned earlier that i was hoping to incorporate this tool into some Christmas gifts. I have attached a few photos, it was a chore. One of my boys wanted to make a candle stick holder with this unit so I bought a chunk of maple and out to the barn we went. First I discovered I don't have the right bit so we tried a compromise, (won't do that again), I started with a V bit and wanted to come along behind with a round over bit. Nothing doing, you can see some off the errors in the photos. I had difficulty lining up centers, too much slop in the tool itself, some of this was from the wood coming loose from its moorings, and some from the way the carriage would jerk along the tubes. And never, NEVER, under any circumstances try to back the router up. This causes the router to climb out of the flute and ruin the piece. Unless your 14 and you think, "Hey, this is cool, I can live with those imperfections!" Sure, but can mom?
Next we moved to the lathe and tried turning a base for the candle stick. I bought both of these tools used. The lathe has a few issues, but I think by summers warmer weather I will have over come them.
Noah is quite proud of his work, I was very happy to have him out in the shop with me, and honestly, I know mom will love it, with all its little mistakes!
It seems the pictures are not in order, but you'll figure it out.