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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-10-2019, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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I have just purchased today a Dewalt 625 router - delivery tomorrow
i ran a few IT forums and contribute to excel forums, so knowing how useful these forums can be , i thought I would sign to a few tonight

UK based - retired
and so starting purchase replace and purchase new tools , and start a bit more DIY

No projects planned yet

I purchased a 35 bit Trend Cutter set, to start off with as i managed to get a better deal buying altogther

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Welcome to the fun. We have a fair number of members from the UK, since tools there are different from USA tools, they can be very helpful with specific advice. I am also (mostly) retired. Projects seem to find me.

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HI DesertRatTom, thanks for the welcome and quick reply

yes, i'm sure to have a few projects now, and looking forward to testing the kit out, i put up an old set of coat hangers today in the toilet cloakroom, and already i'm thinking of buying a bit of wood and using the router to make a nice cloths hook set

hopefully the research i did in last few weeks works out OK , But I did get some other items at a special price.

i borrowed my brothers router about 3 years ago and made some panels to match my kitchen which had blown.

But now in a new bungalow and there is quite a bit of work to do.

looking forward to getting the kit tomorrow and having a play over the weekend

Just looking at various youtube videos on what the tools in the kit can do

Only down side was I did not get a rebate tool in the kit - but i have seen a few including various bearings to change the rebate size
I also got a few straight cutters which can also be used - at least according to trend tech support chat today, before I finalised the deal

I came here looking at how to make a simple router table, which i can use with my pair of saw horse C700

I invested in dewalt , but not 100% sure on the quality , but tending to keep to thier kit at the moment
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Hello Wayne and welcome to the forums...

seeing that you pretty new to routers we have some reading to offer ya at this link that just may be of some help/use to you...
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Thanks Stick486
that looks like a very useful resource , i have been looking at various safety and usage site - and speeds etc
so will enjoy looking through

i will unplug the router when changing bits
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hello and welcome to the router forum, Wayne

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Welcome to the forum Wayne

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DeWalt is not my favorite router, but it is a good one I think you'll like. I recently wrote up instructions on making your own router table. It's really pretty simple to do. You can use a single layer of ply, but I think in the longer run, that a double layer is a better choice. Essentially you will pick a size that works for you, buy a sheet or two of 18mm very flat ply, Baltic Birch if you can get it. I strongly suggest you buy a router mounting plate to put in your table, and that it be aluminum. You can mount the router directly on the wood, but the plate allows for other options down the line.

Lay the plate on the top of the table. Draw an outline of the plate on the top and use a jig saw to cut out an opening just a little in from the line. Put the plate back in place within the outline and surround it with wood strips as in the illustration. Use a couple of playing cards between the plate and wood strips to allow just a little extra room to remove the plate later. Remove the plate and use a trim bit with a bearing on it (sample shown) and make an exact fit hole.

If you glue on a second layer below, the second opening should be about the same size opening, but you may want to cut away a little from the corners to make room for the leveling screws.

Purchase some Kreg router plate levelers (pix below) in the corners. Drop the plate in and adjust the leveler screws until the plate is exactly level with the top.

You can mount this top on practically anything, even across a couple of saw horses. Or make a simple stand for it.

To start with, you can use a very straight 2x4 or 1x6 piece of lumber for the fence, or make something more elaborate like the one in the picture below.
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Sorry, the pictures ALWAYS go in out of order. Thought of one more thing. Flatness is really important in a router table. When I want a table surface perfectly flat, I usually put trusses under it. First, I joint or hand plane one edge as straight as possible, that flat side goes against the underside of the table. If you can'd flatten it, get as flat and straight a piece as you can find.

I drill into this truss from the un planed edge and use a drill stop so that my wood screws will NOT penetrate the surface of the table top. So if the top is 3/4, I drill stop so that only a little over half an inch of the screw tip goes into the top. I also apply glue to the planed edge after pre drilling the truss. The screws pull the truss tight and that top isn't going to warp. Place the trusses away from the router itself, and leave a 2 inch/50mm lip around the edge so you can clamp the fence in place.

Later you might want to mount some T-Track on the table, so when you do you'll rout some grooves to recess them into the top, and if you do this, be VERY careful not to hit any of those hidden screws! Adding T-track is another good reason for a double layer top.
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Welcome to the forum Wayne.

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