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I thought I did this previously but router forums search suggests I didn't. So if I already posted a description of my interests,or a pic of my subpar router setup, I apologize to everyone out there.

Anyway, I was encouraged by my welcome to router forums email to introduce myself and my interests. Here goes: I just built a router table after buying the router for it 3 years ago. My interest is learning stuff from everyone else here. I am building cabinets, and recently bought some cope and stile bits. Darn it, those are really hard to get right. But since no one is pressuring me to get it done or anything, and I will get paid the same (zero) if I do it well or poorly, I am just mostly here to learn stuff. Here is the obligatory pick of my sub-par setup. Freud 1700, rockler plate, hopefully level table, homebuilt fence, sawstop in the background, dual dust collection (at least I got that part right I think).

Hope everyone is well and looking forward to reading and learning more!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 10:50 PM
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I thought I did this previously but router forums search suggests I didn't. So if I already posted a description of my interests,or a pic of my subpar router setup, I apologize to everyone out there.

Anyway, I was encouraged by my welcome to router forums email to introduce myself and my interests. Here goes: I just built a router table after buying the router for it 3 years ago. My interest is learning stuff from everyone else here. I am building cabinets, and recently bought some cope and stile bits. Darn it, those are really hard to get right. But since no one is pressuring me to get it done or anything, and I will get paid the same (zero) if I do it well or poorly, I am just mostly here to learn stuff. Here is the obligatory pick of my sub-par setup. Freud 1700, rockler plate, hopefully level table, homebuilt fence, sawstop in the background, dual dust collection (at least I got that part right I think).

Hope everyone is well and looking forward to reading and learning more!

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Tim, sweet table! Very nice that you built your own, when I build 'em, they are usually a scrap peice of OSB with a hole drilled in it and a "fence", if required, is a 2x4 screwd to the OSB. Yours is light years ahead of my jobsite tables!

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Hi Tim, I know that CMT router bits has setup info for many of their trickier bits on their pdf downloadable catalogue. Other manufacturers may as well.

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.
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Hi Tim,

Welcome to The Router Forums. Jack and I seem to agree that your current setup is quite nice compared to some that used (and quite effectively so) by other members here. Every crafter has their own opinions as to what is 'needed' and what is 'fluff'.

Dust collection of any sort on a 'home crafted fence' is well thought out and impressive, in and of it's self (IMHO).

When I first arrived here I quickly became obsessed with designing and building a custom table. I still haven't finished the design part of it yet. Being far to 'lazy' and/or 'chicken' to craft up a temporary solution, I lurked around Craig's list for about a month and then pounced on three different tables to get me going and learn what I need to know about the craft and router tables to be able to finish designing a custom one.

I think that crafters are best served by building their workshops in ways that suit their own ideals and standards. As you said yourself, the paycheck is the same at either end of the spectrum...

Whatever your satisfactions may be with the current state of your table, just by being here and participating, you are well on your way to addressing and correcting them!

When I get to the point of building 'proto-type' setups to finish fine tuning the design of my long term table I will be going through a lot of used 1/2" ply to do up 'mock jig-tops', central to the easily 'interchangeable top' idea I'm working on to minimize the set up time for doing specific common 'joinery' based cuts. My point to that is that any of the 1/2" ply tops that seem like they cut the mustard during design and testing, are likely to be used as a surface in the finished jig.

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Tim your table looks and it is LARGE which I think is necessary when making things like doors. would suggest that you put a t track in the fence and use some feather boards to hold things down. Also a miter track and a feather board to keep things tight against the fence. As far as the rail and style bit goes. If it is a two piece set besure to use what ever shims came with it. Once you have a good fit keep a sample for future set up. The ideal thing is to have two routers so that you don't have to keep setting things up especially when working on a project that involves a lot of cuts.
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Tim, you have a very nice-looking setup in your shop! It appears well thought-out and executed. As to the cope and stile bits, make trail runs of setups that you think will work and make initial cuts in scraps of the same width and profile of your target. Check your [scrap] product carefully and you should be able to do perfect work!

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Default Thanks everyone for encouragement

I appreciate the comments and encouragement. A feather board and t-track type stuff seem like a good idea. Meanwhile I will be reading everyone else's posts about how to do this right.

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I appreciate the comments and encouragement. A feather board and t-track type stuff seem like a good idea. Meanwhile I will be reading everyone else's posts about how to do this right.

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