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A link was recently posted showing an illuminated router base. It made me wonder if it performed better than the cheap simple light that I was using. The one shown also had LASER cross hairs, a feature that I have no use for, it also had a large rear protrusion with a knob which I thought was clumsy. There were only two ways to know which system was best, buy one or make one, I chose the latter and here is how I went about it.
During the next week or two I'll carry out some test and let you know the results.
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For the technically minded I chose LEDs rated at 40,000 mcd at 3.8v max and 50 mA max. I found that I could under drive them and still get a nice bright white light, so much so that I added a brightness pot. so that when full output wasn't required, it could be turned down and so reduce the current draw.
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You're awesome Harry! Can't wait to see it in action.

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Hi Harry

Nice job ,,,I like it , now for the Ping/Pong the only thing I don't care for, it will just fit one router.. most will not drill holes in to the router to mount the battery pack/control box, I think..

But other than that a great job

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A link was recently posted showing an illuminated router base. It made me wonder if it performed better than the cheap simple light that I was using. The one shown also had LASER cross hairs, a feature that I have no use for, it also had a large rear protrusion with a knob which I thought was clumsy. There were only two ways to know which system was best, buy one or make one, I chose the latter and here is how I went about it.
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Thanks guys for the kind words. Bj, the box is mounted on a removable cover which gains access to the switch and a couple of capacitors, and there is heaps of room behind. That's just one more reason to have a superb router like the Makita 3612C!
As for other routers, when making it, drill holes in the base to suit whatever router it's going to be used on. For someone like you Bj who has tried to corner the router market, have such a base on a dedicated router.

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Here is a shot taken in a darkened shed whilst testing the base.
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Hi Harry

Out of all the routers I don't have one that could take on the control box,,without alot rework to the case.. the tank you use for a router is the best one for your new setup..


We should run a poll to see how many have that router ,I think Ken is the only other one I know about for sure.. many have the Mike Bosch and that would be real trick to mount it to that one..


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Thanks guys for the kind words. Bj, the box is mounted on a removable cover which gains access to the switch and a couple of capacitors, and there is heaps of room behind. That's just one more reason to have a superb router like the Makita 3612C!
As for other routers, when making it, drill holes in the base to suit whatever router it's going to be used on. For someone like you Bj who has tried to corner the router market, have such a base on a dedicated router.



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"We should run a poll to see how many have that router"

Bj, I agree that we should have a poll, but the question should be: how many would like to own a Makita 3612C router.

It's 11.15 PM and time for sleepies. Tomorrow hopefully will be another day.

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Hi Harry

Good night . but the question should be: how many would like to buy a router with the light built in with a clear base.. as a default item.. for about the same price as the clear base would cost, I know you can't vote Harry, it's a 110 volt tool made for USA market place..sorry

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"We should run a poll to see how many have that router"

Bj, I agree that we should have a poll, but the question should be: how many would like to own a Makita 3612C router.

It's 11.15 PM and time for sleepies. Tomorrow hopefully will be another day.



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Great work Harry! And a nice pictorial, as usual.

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