Looking for fun routing' need advice - Page 2 - Router Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 12:49 PM
Forum Contributor
DesertRatTom's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 17,995

Cutting dovetails on a Leigh type jig is done with a bit with a bearing on top. No need for a bushing. I have a similar jig made by Sommerfeld and it also does not require a bushing.

If I were in your shoes, I'd definitely go for the Triton and use the money saved to get one of the new Bosch GKF125CEPK Colt 1.25 HP (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router Combination Kits (pix). At 1.25 hp it will do most of the hand held work for you. Or, go with the Bosch 1617 EVSPK kit, which is an all time favorite here among USA members. Bosch also has a great customer service reputation. There isn't much price difference between the two routers.

I had a 1617 in my table, but it is now on a shelf, unused for some time because I always prefer the safety of using the table mounted router. For everything else I seem to always get by with the smaller (Colt) machine.

One of thos naming conventions that I just cannot remember is whether the bearing on the bit is on top, or bottom. It is counterintuitive, so here's a pix that shows which is which. The last picture is a chart of many kinds of bits and the profile they cut. It's helpful as you're working out what you want the piece to look like when done.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GKF125CEPK palm router kit.png
Views:	3
Size:	554.1 KB
ID:	387667  

Click image for larger version

Name:	router bit diagram.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	33.2 KB
ID:	387669  

Click image for larger version

Name:	router bits and profiles.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	51.7 KB
ID:	387671  

The more I do, the less I accomplish.
DesertRatTom is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: May 2020
First Name: N/a
Posts: 2

Wow great forum and wonderful and quick responses. Looked at incra and Jessem per recs and I think it’s down to them. Jessem does have the required ring on their website and may go with them. But want to thank everyone for their great responses and willing to share and teach
Michael Antimisiaris is offline  
post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 01:21 PM
Moderation Team
Cherryville Chuck's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Country: Canada
First Name: Charles
Posts: 15,889

Welcome to the forum Michael. As you’ve found out it’s a very friendly place to hang out. We have 2 other doctors here that I know of. Dimitri (osteopathic surgeon) from Greece and Biagio (psychiatry) from South Africa.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
Cherryville Chuck is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 04:43 PM
Forum Contributor
MEBCWD's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 3,345

Welcome to the Router Forums Michael

Your BRAIN Is The Most Important Power Tool In Your Shop. Turn It On Before You Turn On Any Other Power Tool.
A Disability Is Only A Disability If You Let It Be One
MEBCWD is offline  
post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 08:08 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2014
Country: Australia
First Name: Greg
Posts: 69

Very good advice Art. I was fascinated with dovetails, and bought the Incra system, which is fantastic, but over kill if it is not used. After playing with a few dovetails, I found other things and have never gone back to it. A universal, quality system is the way to go. I have the Triton in my table, and it has been excellent. Our woodworking club went with a vastly more expensive lift with dedicated router, and have had the router replaced and repaired several times. They went that way as inexperienced users had damaged a Triton, but being the only user, and no doubt you will look after your equipment, the Triton will suit admirably. Although it is big and heavy as Tom says, at a pinch, if you need a big gutsy router to do a heavy job, you have it. Don't over analyse, just enjoy the journey.
DesertRatTom likes this.
Geevesmac is offline  
post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-23-2020, 08:23 PM
Registered User
DaninVan's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 14,868

Hey, Michael; welcome!
On the parting with digits thing, make it an absolute personal commitment to never let your mind wander when you're using power tools. It's so easy to start thinking about something else when your total focus needs to be on where your hands are, and the cutting process you're working with. It happens so fast you won't get a chance to react.
If you're starting to be distracted, call it a day, or do something in the shop that doesn't involve sharp whirly bits.
DaninVan is online now  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome