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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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So, my in-laws came to visit for thanksgiving, and my father-in-law picked me up a refurbed Craftsman 320.17543 router kit (with fixed and plunge base). They were on sale for almost nothing, and hes a sears rat.


So, what now? Any particular advice on what to start with? What bits, kits, accessories, etc? Links to any router table designs?

Also, the kit had both bases with clear plastic bottoms. There were also two additional clear plastic pieces, one a ring shape with a tube coming off of it, the other looks like it fits into the side of the fixed base, and also has a tube coming off it. Dust collection?

There are also two 15" metal rods, with a screw in the end of them. Any idea what these are for?
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Welcome to the forum, Rich.

1. Yes, the pieces of plastic with tubes seem to be for the dust extraction.

2. The two metal rods may be for the missing edge guide.

Here is the manual for a fixed base router which may give you some hints:

http://www.routerforums.com/craftsma...se-router.html

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Thanks for the reply. The manual is really helpful.

It looks like I'm missing the plate piece from the edge guide. Is this something I should just go out an buy/order off amazon? Or something I shouldn't worry about too much. Do I need the craftsman one, or are these things universal?
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Some users swear by their edge guide. I have 5 routers and have never used mine.

I did take the rods from a Ryobi router to use in a circle guide......

Go to your local library and find some books on routing, browse the forum and learn to handle the router. Take you time and be safe.

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Hi, Rich; welcome!

I was kind of surprised that James never uses his edge guide, I probably use mine more often than not. If I'm making a bookcase for example, I always use 5/8" metal pilasters, set into routed channels.
http://www.richelieu.com/catalogPdf/...ccessories.pdf
I can either set my table-saw up to do them with the dado set, or just grab the router, put a 3/4" mortise bit in, set the edge guide, and away I go.
(I use 3/4" as that allows me to complete the bookcase including finishing, and still have room to install the pilasters without having to battle with the urethane builup in the channels).

Rich, was your question really to do with not having a specific use ie a project to work on? If you fill out the personal info section, other members will have a much better idea as to what tools you have to work with, and your skill level in woodworking. If you're just getting started you'll find the members here are really supportive!
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Welcome, a block of wood with 2 holes drilled and a lip on it would work as a edge guide for now. I am like Dan I use mine more than I realize especially with my palm router.. Buy a few bits and play (get the feel of ) with routers, then enjoy building a nice table and You will be on Your way.. there is a ton of info here and probably more that will help Ya , Above all BE SAFE RESPECT THE TOOLS AND START BY TAKING NO MORE THAN 1/8" IN A PASS WITH ROUTER. There is also numerous router tables for sale and some are just down right really nice good luck

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