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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2009, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Okay fellas, I am having one of those days....I mean I'm about ready to rip out a wall with my bare hands. And then, the final thing.....put my P-C in its fixed base, mounted it to the aluminum table plate. I had a rather long 1/2" spiral bit in it. I wanted to crank it down to take a 1/2" cut. Down down down BLAM....THUD. Router falls out and into the cabinet. The razor sharp solid carbide bit just nicked one hand that I had on top of plate. Of course, ALL power was off etc.
What the #$%@#$% is going on NOW! You see why I never get anything done?
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Glad I'm not alone in that boat.
This past weekend I was build a jig for my router table - dropped in a new bit and got the right height set, turned on the router - started the cut and the bit vanished under the wood. I had forgot to tighten it down when I put it in...messed up the jig and that is all thank goodness.
THEN... finished the jig that I wanted to build and just realized that I'm going to change out my router plate this coming weekend - after going to the wood working show in Charlotte NC - and I think the new plates will not align the bit up in the same location so I'll be building or modifying the jig again....duhhhhh

Where do the brains go sometimes?
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Glad I'm not alone in that boat.
This past weekend I was build a jig for my router table - dropped in a new bit and got the right height set, turned on the router - started the cut and the bit vanished under the wood. I had forgot to tighten it down when I put it in...messed up the jig and that is all thank goodness.
THEN... finished the jig that I wanted to build and just realized that I'm going to change out my router plate this coming weekend - after going to the wood working show in Charlotte NC - and I think the new plates will not align the bit up in the same location so I'll be building or modifying the jig again....duhhhhh

Where do the brains go sometimes?
I don't know about the brains, but I'm assuming something has let loose in my fixed base for the P-Cable. Unfortunately I am not a mechanical engineer so I can't SEE what's wrong.
This is the kinda stuff that makes me wonder what I'm doing so far out of my "comfort zone". HA!!
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When you loosen the motor clamp to make adejustment, there are no stops. Example if you want to leave fixed base in table but needed motor to use with a plunge base, loosen the motor clamp and pull motor out and reclamp in pluge router.



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My router has a stop that when you release the motor to make adjustment the router cannot just fall out. The last two pics are of the slot and the stop. If yours has this set up perhaps the stop was not properly engaged, just a thought.
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Thanks for the pix Jerry. I'm sure you are on the right track. Thats just what I had done, unclamp, because I could not crank the bit down any more. But of course I did NOT expect it to THUD! like it did. The motor on the #890 is pretty heavy and when it goes it goes.
I'm considerable calmer now than I was. I am going to revist the scene of the debacle. What made it so maddening is that it came on the heels of a series of mishaps of varying degree while I was trying to set something up.
You guys know how it goes I' m sure. Ha!!
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Now you can see why many use the pop-in /pop-out mounting plate, if you have just a little bit of butter on your hands it's best to just pop out the router from the table top and do all the work on top of the top..it can't fall down if it's down all the way on the table top

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Router lifts solve that problem too! The only time mine comes out of the table now is to vacuum it off.

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Glad you weren't seriously hurt Birch. I just got a piece of 1/4" hardboard in the mid section after it kicked back on my table saw. Seems I moved the table and the snowblower handle was in the path of the wood. Yes it was operator error as usual. And just another normal day in my garage. So you are not alone.
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I am in agreement with BJ, mine is so easy to remove that I'd be nuts not to, but then I have been nuts before--soooo. It will most likely be me next time, of course when one considers the shape of my shop, well it will be a little while before anything bad happens. Unless one would conceder falling off the ladder, miss wiring something, tripping over a paint tray (not yet, but soon) putting one's back out moving cabinets and the list goes on.

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