below avg woodworker
Hello all. I'd thought I'd follow the polite prompts I have been getting from router forums.com and say hello.
First of all I am a DIY guy and as per above am below avg woodworker. I don't feel bad about saying that - there are many pros and veterans here - and in fact it is why I am here - to learn. As an example I was one of the first Sawstop customers, due largely in fact to my self-awareness as not particularly good at this stuff (and no, I don't have a sermon to deliver about the Sawstop, I like it but how in the world would I know if it is better/worse than others).
So 3 years ago I bought a Freud 1700 router, where it promptly stayed on a shelf in the box until now. I recently put a new top on my out feed table and put in a crude system for a router table instead. Rockler insert, all the rest is just made of scrap. 3/4" only MDF top (I know, lame).
Anyway my first observation is that this stuff is a heck of a lot harder than working with a table saw. Even as a crappy woodworker, within a few months my table saw fence was within .002 parallel to the blade (for runout) and my cuts were pretty precise. With a router, it seems like it is much more difficult. Among other things, you are dealing with 2 dimensions in bit height and bit set-back vs. just the one dimension (mostly) on a TS. I mean I made about 200 test cuts on a cope and stile matched set, and fewer than 10% matched or came close to the professional grade levels that I am sure you guys all routinely produce. So that will be the first question I will be pursuing here (feel free to pass on the secret manual if there is one).
So here is the obligatory show setup photo. Obviously, as per above, you would be foolish to use something this crude. But here you go. Note: I was originally going to use an extension fence from the TS for a fence, but once I realized that it is impossible for an even fence to not be parallel to the router bit, I just build a half-ass one myself. And a sled.
Looking forward to learning a lot from everyone.
So here is photo (I think)