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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-25-2009, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Very new to routing

I have a Makita 3600BR router, is this suitable for table mounting, if so does anybody have a sketch so I can make a table, or should I buy one?

This is my first question of many to the forum.
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If you have not been welcomed, let me do that now. I am not familiar with your router(but will get familiar with it). As for the table I built mine and that was my first router project. Made some mistakes but was able to fix them. I lean toward building your own and let it be a learning experience. You can check out the galleries on the forum to get ideas, also check out the below web pages for ideas.

The router table depot has kits that help to get one started, that is where I bought mine. Be sure to check out every detail and if when you get it done if it is yours, you can be proud and change it as you see fit.

http://www.routertabledepot.com/index.html
http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/
http://www.oak-park.com/usa12.html
http://www.rockler.com/

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Building your own table is a perfect project to start out with. This lets you practice using your router and become familiar with the way it works. It has the added advantage of being a shop item where finish is not critical, so accidents that occur in construction do not detract from the practical value of the piece. You will find great information on building your own router table on the forums, just dig in and do some reading.

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Welcome to the forum. I have a 3600BR and I have it table mounted. It is a powerful router, however it is an old design and does not have speed control or slow start up.
At the speed that it runs it should not be used with large bits, like the panel raising
bits. I have an Oak Park table and they sell a mounting plate for that router.
However , you could buy the plate and make your own table. Plans are available on the forum and in alot of the woodworking magazines. Hope this helps. Woodnut65
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hi guys

Just a note

You can't use the mounting plate from OP with the big panel bits it has 3 1/8 " in it) and most of the panel bits are 3 1/2" in diam the norm...BUT you can rework it so you can..

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Welcome to the forum. I have a 3600BR and I have it table mounted. It is a powerful router, however it is an old design and does not have speed control or slow start up.
At the speed that it runs it should not be used with large bits, like the panel raising
bits. I have an Oak Park table and they sell a mounting plate for that router.
However , you could buy the plate and make your own table. Plans are available on the forum and in alot of the woodworking magazines. Hope this helps. Woodnut65



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Hi to all,
As you can tell from the number of posts, I am new the this forum, I read the posts almost every day as I do with some of the other woodworking froums. If wasn't for the great advice, cautions, and recommendations I would be no where close to the skills I have gleaned from these forums.

To the subject at hand, if you have the other tools needed, and time to build a router table as has already been mentioned there are plenty of plans, pictures and how-tos out there. I am currently building one based on plans from another site, and am enoying the process very mush, and I am making some mods based on comments from the various forums and from my own experiences.

If you lack the tolls or the time, I would recommend that you look and one of the smaller bench top tables in Bosch, Skill of Crafrsman, to determine your needs. I survived on jury rigged craftsman table on a old stand, for many years. The router is 30 years old, and is a basic craftsman, but it did what I needed it to do. Now I have decided to step up.

Hope that helps you decision a little
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Check out American Woodworker #140 (Feb/Mar 2009), page 54 for detailed plans, pictures and instructions for the best home-built router table I've seen to date.
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Building your own table is a perfect project to start out with. This lets you practice using your router and become familiar with the way it works. It has the added advantage of being a shop item where finish is not critical, so accidents that occur in construction do not detract from the practical value of the piece. You will find great information on building your own router table on the forums, just dig in and do some reading.
Thanks for your quick reply, I thought I had upgraded my profile, perhaps I hit the wrong button? Cheers Lawrie
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Welcome to the forum. I have a 3600BR and I have it table mounted. It is a powerful router, however it is an old design and does not have speed control or slow start up.
At the speed that it runs it should not be used with large bits, like the panel raising
bits. I have an Oak Park table and they sell a mounting plate for that router.
However , you could buy the plate and make your own table. Plans are available on the forum and in alot of the woodworking magazines. Hope this helps. Woodnut65
Thanks for the info, cheers Lawrie
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Check out American Woodworker #140 (Feb/Mar 2009), page 54 for detailed plans, pictures and instructions for the best home-built router table I've seen to date.
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