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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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It's interesting that there is talk of the horizontal table. Yesterday I mounted up a very hefty base molding bit from Eagle America and ran through some 8 FT boards on my table. I'm not super impressed with my work, I can use the moulding since I'm going to have to cut parts out anyhow, but it got me thinking that buy using a power feeder or horizontal table, I would have been better off. With a much of crown molding coming up, I want to do that right.

The question is, would a horizontal table or power feeder be a better option?

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Hi Wayne
I don't know about a power feeder on a router table but I have one on a 3 horse power shaper that will turn out moldings that are good. The feeder runs stock thru at a constant speed and constant pressure so I would think it would work equally well on a router table if you can mount it securely. I'm sure others on the forum have done this and maybe they will comment.

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A power feed would probably make a difference, I know it makes a difference when ripping on a table saw. Problem is that a power feeder is worth from 2 to 4 times what you pay for a router.

When you ran the moulding through did you run it in one pass? I've always seen it recommended that you run large profiles like that in about 4 passes of different depth. If you want to make a lot of moulding you might want to take a look at the Woodmaster planer molder. Wood Molder Planer Machines - WoodMaster Tools
I watched one work at a woodworking show a number of years ago and it did an impressive job.

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Wayne if you are only doing one kitchen I would think you could do a fine job by using 4 descent featherboards on a table with no problems at all. Usually there is no problem of burning your wood with a good sharp bit, and chipping is not as much of a problem if the featherboards are set up right. You may need to use 2 double stacked sets on the flat side, but that would still be the least expensive option.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks folks. I ordered a HP Power Feed unit. It should be plenty big for the router, the bonus is I can move it over to the cabinet saw and use it there as well.

Willway: I used three feather boards, and multiple passes, but the slightest little tilt from me things are a wee bit off (and on 8 FT sections of pine, that's going to happen).

I don't really mind too much on the baseboard project, but for the crown molding, I'm going to do some more ornate things and can't have it off.

Thanks again folks.
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