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Hi everyone-
I am not an experienced woodworker, but need help / advice in setting up a Bosch Colt Palm router to work some balusters.
I have not found a small router table that will accept this router.
Calls to Skill, Vermont American, and Wolfcraft were of no help.
For now, I need to work on just over a hundred balusters, roundover four sides each end for my deck project (800+ edges).
I need to set up a table / make my own table or jig to finish these. Going regular free hand is not working for me.
I have the vacuum attachment for the Colt, and it works really well. Note that I am using 2x2 plastic (not composite) balusters from EPS Lumber- very nice maintenance-free stuff- but it has to be vacuumed, and should not fly around like regular sawdust.
Any help or direction as to how to set myself up will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance-
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Welcome, Tony!

There are quite a number of people here with colts; they are highly regarded. I've seen them mounted on skiis but not yet in a table. Not having seen the base I can't speak from experience but if the phenolic base plate is screwed into a metallic base, it can be done; either by getting one pre-drilled or a drill-your-own plate.

I'll leave it to one of our more experienced folks to give you the full scoop.

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Hey Tony,
Welcome to the forum. I can imagine how difficult that part of your project is with the small router. I am currently building a deck using Trex, similar to your balluster material.
The Bosch Colt can be mounted in many of the conventional insert plates. Once mounted in the plate, any type of table that you make or buy will get you going. Bobj, a member here, will probably be posting to your thread and uses the Colt a lot. His advice will be spot on.
Here is a thread regarding the Colt in a small, homemade table:Review: Bosch Colt Router - by wing79 | LumberJocks.com :: woodworking community. A lot of the members, here, like the Oak Park table for it's simplicity and is probably an excellent fit for your project:Oak Park Enterprises Ltd.: Catalogue. They can probably set you up with a base plate, too. Good luck with the ballusters.
BTW, I wouldn't be too concerned with the dust. I find that it is heavier than wood dust and is not that objectionable. If you treat it similar to AC2, there shouldn't be a problem.
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Hi everyone-
I am not an experienced woodworker, but need help / advice in setting up a Bosch Colt Palm router to work some balusters.
I have not found a small router table that will accept this router.
Calls to Skill, Vermont American, and Wolfcraft were of no help.
For now, I need to work on just over a hundred balusters, roundover four sides each end for my deck project (800+ edges).
I need to set up a table / make my own table or jig to finish these. Going regular free hand is not working for me.
I have the vacuum attachment for the Colt, and it works really well. Note that I am using 2x2 plastic (not composite) balusters from EPS Lumber- very nice maintenance-free stuff- but it has to be vacuumed, and should not fly around like regular sawdust.
Any help or direction as to how to set myself up will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance-
Tony

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Hi Tony

Here's a small router table that will take on the Colt a very easy one to make

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...ter-table.html

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Hi everyone-
I am not an experienced woodworker, but need help / advice in setting up a Bosch Colt Palm router to work some balusters.
I have not found a small router table that will accept this router.
Calls to Skill, Vermont American, and Wolfcraft were of no help.
For now, I need to work on just over a hundred balusters, roundover four sides each end for my deck project (800+ edges).
I need to set up a table / make my own table or jig to finish these. Going regular free hand is not working for me.
I have the vacuum attachment for the Colt, and it works really well. Note that I am using 2x2 plastic (not composite) balusters from EPS Lumber- very nice maintenance-free stuff- but it has to be vacuumed, and should not fly around like regular sawdust.
Any help or direction as to how to set myself up will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance-
Tony



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Thanks for your replies.
I will check some of the links when I get a chance.
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hi BobJ,

i was going through your gallery about a week ago looking for this table. i went through tons of photos but never got to it.

when i was talking about building a table, this was what i wanted to build, but i would still use a 2 1/4 hp router in it.

this table could be taken outside and i could raise all kind of hell and lots of sawdust on the ground where i would leave it .lol

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