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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-22-2020, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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very amateur woodworker. Did some 15 years ago and now close to retirement as a medical doctor and surgeon. Left it because I got spooked when a colleague lost 2 fingers on his dominant hand and almost had to give up surgeries. Now got a sawstop table saw and less scared as I'm 61 and close to retiring. I'm looking for a router table and lift but want to use them with the Leigh Valley tools dovetail jig for router tables and have issues with the Porter cable style bushing/ ring insert compatibility. The Kreg lift comes with the ring from the get go. I love the Jessum system but don't see that they have it. I'm intrigued by the MLCS bluetooth enabled motorized system but am scared about all the technology but they have the proper ring also.
Any thought or advice I would really appreciate.

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Hello and welcome to the forums N/A...

About your desire to learn... We have some light reading for you...
As in, we've put some helpful information together at this here link to help you get up and running in the world of routers... We hope it to be useful to you... Enjoy...
Do take some time and read the safety PDF's... PLEASE!!!
Blood and trips to the ER, we find, are very annoying... Not to mention – expensive...

DUST COLLECTION

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there's more here at this link on RT's than you'll be able to digest at one sit down (or many)...

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very amateur woodworker. Did some 15 years ago and now close to retirement as a medical doctor and surgeon. Left it because I got spooked when a colleague lost 2 fingers on his dominant hand and almost had to give up surgeries. Now got a sawstop table saw and less scared as I'm 61 and close to retiring. I'm looking for a router table and lift but want to use them with the Leigh Valley tools dovetail jig for router tables and have issues with the Porter cable style bushing/ ring insert compatibility. The Kreg lift comes with the ring from the get go. I love the Jessum system but don't see that they have it. I'm intrigued by the MLCS bluetooth enabled motorized system but am scared about all the technology but they have the proper ring also.
Any thought or advice I would really appreciate.

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I'm very partial to JessEm also because, just like Leigh, of their outstanding CS/TS ...

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Welcome to the forum. I’ll let the experts help you. I bought an Incra table with the magnetic inserts and a V2 lift., but unfortunately never assembled it so I can’t really provide a review .
But I went with Incra because I believe they have one of the better dust management systems , if dust collection is important to you .

https://www.incra.com/


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Welcome. It's good to be cautious and to learn good technique for all tools. You might consider getting a Triton TRA001 router. It is 3.25 hp, has a built in lift, and really good safety interlocks. It is too heavy for my ageing hands to handle freehand, but that's work for a smaller, lighter machine.

A smaller router 2.25 hp with a lift will cost more than the Triton. If you want to see it in action, find Marc Sommerfeld videos on YouTube. The router has a safety interlock so that when you crank it up, it locks the power off.

Do make certain you handle the dust collection issue soon. Sawdust is nasty in the lungs.

I also suggest getting a couple of items if you don't have them yet.

A Wixey digital angle gauge (for setting your saw blade at a perfect 90 degree angle to the table.) About $30 on Amazon. The new ones use AAA batteries and have a backlight.

A Gripper. This is for guiding your workpiece through the table saw. It lets you press down, forward and against the fence all at the same time. Keeps your fingers a safe distance from the blade.

Last picture is of a Triton TRA001 mounted on a plate.

Glad you decided to join the fun. This isn't so much a hobby as it is an addiction. The most important thing is to make stuff. Every projece will teach you something. In fact, I made the same project several times at first, each time it turned out better.
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Welcome to the forum Michael.

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Welcome aboard Michael. I'd suggest looking to JessEm for the final word on whether it would work as you want, same with Leigh Valley. I would think they would be more informative as to what will work with what. Not that personal experience isn't good feedback but I suspect they have a collective knowledge of those experiences to help guide you.
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I wouldn't center my search for a table based on a dovetail jig. How many times are you going to make dovetails? As far as the lift if you don't already have a router then get one with a lift built-in. If you do have one then take a look at the Router Raizer. It's not too expensive and does everything that the lift is supposed to do. Consider this, what are you going to do with all the time you save with a motorized lift? Over your lifetime it may add up to 5 or 10 minutes.
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Check out this table insert fro Jessem, it has the bushing recess.
https://jessem.com/products/1-3-8-insert-ring
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