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I'm art artist in oil painting who is fed up with the high prices of boring black frames! And they are the cheaper ones verses pretty ones. So since I love working with tools I borrowed a friends router and another friend gave me a chop saw! My parents just arrived for a visit and I was so excited to show my Dad the clean up job I did in the basement that he said he want's to get me a router and a table! Since now I have a place for them! TeeHee he snickered!
So Im taking him to my favorite wood store, Rocklers here in Cambridge Ma and ask the guys which to get!
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Are there forums?
Thanks and I look forward to browsing!
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It might be best to first look at the bits you are going to use to make the frames. There are some sets especially designed for making frames. If they are long or large diameter you'll need about a 2-2.5 hp router (min) to turn them and it will be necessary to mount it in a table. The guys at Rockler will be able to steer you in the right direction.

I have also made some frames using a bunch of fairly small bits in multiple steps. If you go that way, you can get by with a smaller router and the bits are cheap but it is more challenging to do and takes longer. I know where you are coming from. The frames I copied were $25/foot.

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 Maria

Rockler is a great place But I will suggest you get a

Horizontal Router Table ,with free shipping right to front your door
MLCS Horizontal Router Table

Just some of the bits below
Molding Router Bits 2

and then pickup a Craftsman router for it, for about 100.oo bucks..

17543 11 amp 2 hp Corded Fixed and Plunge Base Soft Start Router with Electronic Feedback- Craftsman-Tools-Portable Power Tools-Routers & Laminate Trimmers

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Greetings Maria,

Welcome to The Router Forums and 'the craft'. In a lot of ways you are miles ahead of so many people who decided to get into routing because you have a clearly defined objective, making frames for paintings!

So many of us router enthusiasts, myself in particular, try to focus on far too many different things the machines are capable of doing, and that has a way of being very confusing.

If possible, when you go to the store, it would be helpful if you could bring along contoured samples of the types of 'frame stock' you want to cut with your router.

The process of comparing a prospective bit directly to a piece of wood allready cut into a profile you like simply by holding them side by side can not be equaled for speed, efficiency and accuracy.

I have done a lot of 'practice' routing on the cheapest woods I can find to keep the cost of learning from mistakes down as low as I can. Since the nicer woods are usually 'hardwoods' practicing with construction lumber isn't entirely like working with the real thing, but it only costs 5 to 10% as much, and in a lot of cases, practice projects turn out just as usable (in my case I make more boxes than anything else).

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Welcome, Maria! You might also talk to the folks at Woodcraft on Montvale Ave in Woburn.
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so we went to:
rocklers sears homedepot
rocklers total $800 table router dust catcher etc
home depot new nothing
sears same
we left with good thoughts but fusterated
?: r there any tables that fit universally?
should router be of more than one speed
hav to sleep. thanks again!!!
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You want a router that has more than one speed.

" universally? - yes if you build your own

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so we went to:
rocklers sears homedepot
rocklers total $800 table router dust catcher etc
home depot new nothing
sears same
we left with good thoughts but fusterated
?: r there any tables that fit universally?
should router be of more than one speed
hav to sleep. thanks again!!!



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so now we went to harbor heights and the table top ones went what i wanted. no one seems to know what or if a router can go on any bench! im so fusterated i could spit! thanks for all your help.
as for the horizontal one i dont have the counter sppace. but looks good!
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so now we went to harbor heights and the table top ones went what i wanted. no one seems to know what or if a router can go on any bench! im so fusterated i could spit! thanks for all your help.
as for the horizontal one i dont have the counter sppace. but looks good!
Maria, I'm not sure I understand all your issues but here goes. Only a few router tables that I know of are purpose built for a specific router (Sears mainly and some of their tables are not very good). Most tables are just that and you fit the router of your choice to an insert plate that will fit in that table. Many plates are predrilled to fit a variety of routers such as this circle jig plate that is designed to fit 25 different routers. KregŪ Precision Insert Plate - Lee Valley Tools

This plate made by Kreg doesn't come drilled but includes a paper template for drilling. KregŪ Precision Insert Plate - Lee Valley Tools

This one from Lee Valley doesn't require drilling as the router clamps to it, but it is pricey. VeritasŪ Router Table Insert Plate - Lee Valley Tools I have Lee Valley's steel top and my routers clamp under it. VeritasŪ Router Table Top - Lee Valley Tools

Hope this helps. If not then maybe try explaining differently what problem you are experiencing and one of us will try and help. By the way, if you click on my user name and check my downloads you will see a homemade horizontal setup that I used to make some picture frames.

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I know Rockler's offers mounting plates that fit different routers. This may also depend on what table you purchase. I built my own as as addition to my table saw. I got the plate from Rockler's for my router ( Porter Cable 890 series) and it worked out fine. I know there are manufactures out there like Bench Dog that make quality tables and have different plates for routers also. Maybe do a little research between Rockler's , Woodcraft, MCLS and compare notes. WHen doing this if your frames are going to be wide, consider a high router fence for better support while working with the wood. A variable speed router is a must, as the bit size changes and load changes so does the speed of the router. I hope this makes some sense, and helps.
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