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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Just introducing myself to the forum.

My wife and I have decided that the kitchen needs a drastic upgrade but money, as we all know, is somewhat elusive these days. Clearly, time to turn crisis into opportunity.

I'll do the kitchen, I said. All I need are the tools to do it. Right on, she said. Here's your budget. (Sigh.........) Anyway, not much of a budget to speak of but, hey, it's a start. I've picked up a few decent tools - a Ridgid R4511 granite topped table saw for next to nothing, a Porter Cable 5116 Omnijig (still need guides and bits), maybe a Powermatic band saw coming from a friend of a friend. Plus a few other odds & ends in the pipeline. I've got a two car garage that's finally been cleaned and painted. It needs more juice from the electrical panel, more insulation and a few other upgrades but not everyone gets two play with a 24' x 20' space so i'm feeling pretty lucky, frankly.

One thing I've decided will make this job and future hobby work go smoothly is a good router - something that's an upgrade from my Ryobi 1 1/4 hp fixed base router. Even more betterER would be shop built table to do all the molding work for an Arts & Crafts style kitchen makeover. The most bestEST, of course, would be to develop the skills that will let me safely and skillfully use my future 12 horsepower nuclear tipped dual plunge gps/bluetooth/1080p enabled router. And that brings me to you.

So, me and the wife are looking at about 3 to 4 years to get the kitchen done. After that, I'll be able to rout my little heart out on anything I want.

If I live that long.
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G'day Mike.
Welcome to the forum.

As always, I recommend the Triton TRA001/TRB001 for table use.

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Hello Mike welcome to the forum.

Looking forward to your participation.
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Mike buy quality cutters and keep them sharp, use hearing and eye and dust protection, keep your work area clean, try a test piece before you put your work piece near the cutter, don't do deep cuts in one pass and keep your fingers away from fast moving objects like router cutters as they will take them totally off, and remember that working with wood is fun but there are times when it is not that funny. NGM
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Thanks, everyone, for your sage advice.

Yes, I've already been told by those in the know that a Triton router is highly desirable. Simply a money matter at this point.

If anyone could point me in the direction toward a decent thread on the issue of tool choice for certain functions; primarily choosing the right tool for dadoes and rabbets. While this is a router forum, might there be those here who favor a table saw for this function?

Also, I'm intent on building my own router table and fence. Useful threads on this subject would also be in my field of interest.

I will regard any day in the shop that ends with all ten fingers still completely attached to be a success.

Thanks, again, to all.
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For cabinets the table saw is your friend. It is versatile and with careful setup, very precise at cuts and many types of dados. It will all be a matter of perfecting the setup of the saw. If there is runout (lateral play in the blade as it rotates), then you won't get as precise a cut and a small inaccuracy plays heck with cabinets.

For a stopped dado, you need to have a decent router. I have two Bosch 1617s, one in the table one for free hand and plunge work. There are many other brands but after comparing most of them, I bought the Bosch 1617 in the kit with two bases.

I bought a DadoWiz some time ago and like it for very precise dado cuts, particularly if they are in the center of a piece somewhere. It rides on a straight edge that is set up as a guide.

You can do dados using two perfectly straight boards clamped to the piece as guides, but I find the DadoWiz is a bit easier to set up and won't let you rotate the router when making the cut--a minor point, but better control is, well, better.

Hope this is helpful.
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Hey, Mike; welcome!
Hardwood normally comes rough sawn...slightly over an inch thick by rough widths.
Having a portable planer is essential for making your rail and stile material. An extra set of blades couldn't hurt either.
When you're breaking down your 4x8 sheets of plywood for your gables you'll be looking for some guidance on how to cut your 12" w x 8' and 24' w x 8'strips into final gable lengths. The subject of table saw sleds will come up, as well as cross-cut jigs for builders saws. Some Winter evening reading is in order.

Other members will likely have recommendations for an in-depth reference book, but my own go-to- guide is 'Jim Tolpin's Table Saw Magic'.
Jim Tolpin's Table Saw Magic (Popular Woodworking): Jim Tolpin: 9781558706774: Amazon.com: Books
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Mike, the Triton is a good router but I like the big Hitachi routers. The M12V2 was redesigned to better use in a table but it also works well freehand. The Hitachi routers are very reasonably priced and come with a 5 year warranty.

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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Regarding books, I should have also recommended Paul Levine's 'Making Kitchen Cabinets'. It'd be a bargain at 4x what Amazon charges!
(It's a Taunton Press publication)
Amazon.com: Making Kitchen Cabinets: Paul Levine: Movies & TV
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Agree with you completely on the planer. Just have to find one I can afford. DeWalts and Deltas are the ones I usually locally on ebay. I'll invest in this tool last since I have a friend down the road with pretty good DW in his shop that he'll let me use, at least for a while.
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