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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi my name is Matt. I am new to woodworking. I built my boys a sand box and a little picnic table. I bought a milwaukee 5615 on craigslist to make x shaped legs on a bigger picknic table for momma. That table is also my work bench as I have no inside work area. The router was missing the 1/2" collet and didn't have a plunge base when I bought it. My next project is a box with a lid by the front door to put everyones shoes in. I am thinking about using box joints to make it. It sounds like most people here use the oak park jig for box joints. I did mount my router on the bottom of a 2'x4' sheet of 3/4melimine without a plate in anticipation of making box joints. I notce that oak park uses 1/2 shank bits for box joints. I also notice that amazon has the 5615 with both collets and a plunge base for $130 or the 1/2" collet for $30 and the plunge base for $70. I guess my question is, should I spend the money on the 5615 with the plunge base and put my old one back on craigslist? The next things momma wants me to build are a sewing table a computer desk and a kitchen storage cart. Also is there a better deal on bits for box joints $110 for three bits at oak park is a litte steep especially if I am also buying jigs and a new router. That's an expensive shoe box. Will they be deep enough without a mounting plate? Thanks in advance.

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Matt, in my opinion you should buy a 1/2" collet and keep that router permanently in the table. For the shoe box 1/2" box joints would be the norm and straight cutters are readily available that will give a two inch cut so that the loss of depth due to mounting the router under the 3/4" top won't matter. At a later date you could remount the router on a plate, there are many threads on this forum showing how to do this. Once you are comfortable using the router this way you could then buy a plunge router which will enable you to really enter the wonderful world of routing.


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Hello Matt and welcome to the RouterForums. Glad to have ya.

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Thanks Harrysin. I'll start with a jig, a collet, and a bit. Up spiral or down spiral? I was just looking at them on the MCLS website. they list lots of aplications but not box joints.
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Hi Matt, whilst I'm new to the forum, I found that the internet provides lots of details of how to make a simple box joint jig. I made one from scrap I found in my garage, and it works really well. I practiced on a few scraps, to get the joint 'fit' correct, and then it was plain sailing from there. Buying a jig is fine if you intend to make loads of boxes, but my view is that if the box for shoes is a 'one off' make the jig cheaply yourself.
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