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I just posted my introduction here, and I've already got a question I'm hoping you guys can help guide me here.

I'm looking to be doing boxes, guitar head cabs, guitar speaker cabs, and some sound diffusers for my home theater.

I have a Bosch 1619EVS and Freud FT1700 Fixed Base routers.

I'm seriously considering the Incra Super System for doing dovetails and box joints and such. I figure I'll use the FT1700 for my router table, and my Bosch plunge is going to be my all around super power hand held router.

What I'm stuck on is finding a router plate for the Freud, and either building or buying a table for the Incra Super System. I'm also concerned if I'm overbuying by getting the Incra Super System...especially since I'm on a really tight budget (aren't we all).

So I'm hoping some Freud FT1700 owners can chime in on what quality plates and table they used, and I'd love to hear from some Incra converts!
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Welcome Eric. There are two schools of thought on how to go about routing. The first is whistles and bells, you know... complex micro adjusters, T tracks mounted everywhere on a table and fence, digital router lift, you can spend all the money you can come up with this way. Bob and Rick from the Router Workshop teach that simple is better and I agree. Click the link on our home page for Oak Park. Browse through the catalog to get an idea of how to save a lot of your hard earned money. The Oak Park box joint jigs are the best on the market, and a set which includes 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" jigs usually sells for about $50. The table is the highest quality Baltic Birch plywood and the top is covered on both sides with high pressure laminate. The table includes an 11" mounting plate drilled to fit the router you specify. You can spend more but you will not find better.

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Howdy, Eric.

To add to Mike's comment, there's also a third school of thought with respect to machine-cut dovetails and box joints: hold the material firmly in a well-designed jig, and move the router.

Although some folks really like the Incra system, it has always struck me as somewhat frail and fiddly. I prefer doing machine-cut dovetails and box joints on my Porter Cable 4216 jig, instead of on the router table.

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I was looking at the Leigh and Akeda dovetail jigs...but since I need a router table, and a split fence allows me to do some light jointing work (I don't have a jointer yet), a good quality router fence setup seems to kill several birds with one stone.

I've looked at some of the Oak Park stuff, but really didn't dive in. I'll hit their page up tonight when I get home from work and see how it suits me. I have some 3/4 MDF somwhere, and maybe some 3/4" Baltic Birch around as well (though probably not enough for a big table), so I may just make a table.

Any Incra users chime in here?

Anyone with the FT1700 know of a good router plate for it?
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Harbor Freight has a router plate for $20. They also have a blind dovetail jig for $40.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94331
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Do people actually use those plastic dovetail jigs? I've heard nothing but bad about them.
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