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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I have three dewalt 625 routers and decided to grind off some of the base of one of them just to accomodate large raised panel bits using different profiles.
I used spacer blocks and so forth,removed plunge springs and almost killed myself when the bit slid down and hit the base (before i ground it bigger).
Im still in one piece but my router had to go to the emegency room. thats when i decided to make the opening bigger. now i have a dedicated router for big bits and works great!! I was also lucky to have a friend who owns a manufacturing company give me a piece of phenolic 4 ft by 4ft for making base plates. I like to sneak up on my raised panels in 4 passes for making a nice tight fit on the panels.my question is does anyone have a good way to make a taller fence to attach to an oak park table? I am using mlcs router bits for making mitered cabinet doors. These bits are a little taller than normal.
or do i just glue a half dozen polypropelene 1 inch thick fences together..
has to be a neater set up....
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Hi arlee, Are you trying to gut free hand, if so, you should use a bit in a router table. That in itself will possible lift the bit high enough to miss the router. When a bit that size hits something solid, it is going to feel like a bull ride. Be careful, when routing out part of the router base, your weakening the base! Stay safe.

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The alloy base plate is very thin. Ridges and rims give strength. Take those away and you have a weakened base. If you go that route. Add a quality plastic (Bakelite) sub-base with an enlarged hole, bolted on , to beef up the base a bit.
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HI arlee

It's to bad you took a grinder to the base, once gone it's gone ,it's true the OP base plate has that down fall,,can't take on the big bits,but so many other ways to get the job done,like buying bits that will fit the OP base plate hole or by making a simple jig to fit the top of the router table to let the bits spin free without hitting the mounting plate.. a simple 3/4" thick MDF board with a 4" hole in it will do the job nicely plus it's great way to make a high fence all at the same time and with a clamp or two it's set to make panels..with the big bits...



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I have three dewalt 625 routers and decided to grind off some of the base of one of them just to accomodate large raised panel bits using different profiles.
I used spacer blocks and so forth,removed plunge springs and almost killed myself when the bit slid down and hit the base (before i ground it bigger).
Im still in one piece but my router had to go to the emegency room. thats when i decided to make the opening bigger. now i have a dedicated router for big bits and works great!! I was also lucky to have a friend who owns a manufacturing company give me a piece of phenolic 4 ft by 4ft for making base plates. I like to sneak up on my raised panels in 4 passes for making a nice tight fit on the panels.my question is does anyone have a good way to make a taller fence to attach to an oak park table? I am using mlcs router bits for making mitered cabinet doors. These bits are a little taller than normal.
or do i just glue a half dozen polypropelene 1 inch thick fences together..
has to be a neater set up....
thanks

went from a box of mistakes to a barrel now im up to a small buliding full,but
smile thinking of the fun i had trying.



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Bobj3!! very good idea!! add the 5/8 MDF plus my higher fence all at the same time.. But now that I have thie base all filed out I will have to live with it..Just made some raised panels with it and liked the end result... Just goes to show ya sometimes your first idea may not always be the best idea to get the result your looking for.. Thanks
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Hi arlee

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You may also want to look at the bits below,they will work on the OP base plate easy and it a real safe and fast way to make them and they will work with the standard router table

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MLCS Raised Panel Carbide Tipped Router Bits 2

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Bobj3!! very good idea!! add the 5/8 MDF plus my higher fence all at the same time.. But now that I have thie base all filed out I will have to live with it..Just made some raised panels with it and liked the end result... Just goes to show ya sometimes your first idea may not always be the best idea to get the result your looking for.. Thanks



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Take a look at the Trend T11 if you want a DW625 with a bigger opening. The T11 is made by DW for Trend but the baseplate is altered to accommodate 70mm (plunge) or 86mm (router table) cutters.
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