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help for new user, please? B&D 7620

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Good day;
my father-in-law passed onto me his B&D 7620. It is my first router. I have used a router once before , so have a general idea what it can do and how, but would like to get my hands on:
1) a clear manual/instruction (paper preferred, on-line OK) describing what it can be done, which bits to use, and generally how to use the router; any recommendation?
2) a table that fit said router; would like something with decent amount (say 20 by 15 inches) of work surface, a backfence and a safety switch. But the fitting is the most important feature. Any suggestion for either something that can be bought on-line or a local (Annapolis, MD-area) store?
Any lead is appreciated.
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This book (get a used copy) is a great generic manual for your router
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Patrick Spielman wrote some pretty good books too. Hylton's might be better. Most of us have built our own tables and fences. You get what you want that way and at a much lower cost. You can repurpose materials for them to keep the cost down, For example you can take the sink cutout of a kitchen counter top and make a medium size table out of it. There are enough posts and pictures of tables and fences on this forum to keep you occupied for a good amount of time. Just type router table into the Community Search function and get comfortable.

You have two choices for mounting the router. One is to just screw it to or through the table top. The other is to buy a table insert plate (Grizzly sells them for $13 last time I bought one) and mount the router to the plate and inset the plate into your table. Unless you can find one (plate or table) that B & D offered for that router then you won't find one that was made to fit it.
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Good day;
my father-in-law passed onto me his B&D 7620. It is my first router. I have used a router once before , so have a general idea what it can do and how, but would like to get my hands on:
1) a clear manual/instruction (paper preferred, on-line OK) describing what it can be done, which bits to use, and generally how to use the router; any recommendation?
Any lead is appreciated.
I'm a new member and cannot post URLs yet, but this post gets me one more closer.

Do a web search on this string: "black & decker 7620 Manual"

The first link that came up is for a free PDF file download that you can then print. I looked at it and there isn't all that much of the kind of info you may be looking for, but it is the manual for your router.

Welcome and those are some good questions. First off, I suggest you check Amazon for used copies of Bill Hylton's books, either "Woodworking With The Router," or "Router Magic." The first title is older, which may include your present router. Lots of pictures which clarify many of his methods.

A router table gives you several choices. A manufactured table is easy, and you should consider a larger one. They cost a fair amount and there are many brands. You can also make a router table, all you need to start is a very flat top of plywood with a hole cut in it for the router to poke through. You screw the router to the bottom. If you want, you can make it two layers thick and purchase a router plate (an aluminum plate about 5/16ths of an inch thick. If you look up router plates you will find many brands (I've had Rockler plates and like them), but Kreg also makes them as well as a number of other companies.

On top layer of your table top, lay down the plate and draw its outline. Drill a starting hole and use a jig saw to cut out this opening. Lay the cut out top on your second layer onto the second layer and mark, then cut out a hole that's about half an inch smaller all round that your plate will rest on. Glue and screw the layers together. Kreg makes a nice set of levelers (in picture) that you mount in the corners of the bottom layer. These allow you to match the plat to the top surface so you don't catch your workpiece on the edge. I think these levelers run about $30 or so. The plate will cost more depending on the brand--do not get a phenolic (plastic) plate, they eventually sag.

When you order your plate, do it by phone and tell them the brand and model number of your router. Most places can sell you one that is pre drilled for your router. You can drill your own if necessary, but it is a pretty exacting project I won't go into here.

You do need a fence, and you can spend a bundle on one from one of several makers, Kreg is just one of many companies that make one. Or, do what a lot of guys and gals here do, which is find a really flat and straight piece of 2x4, cut a portion out of the center bottom for the bit to sit in, and use a couple of clamps to hold it in place.

If you want to get fancy, you could buy a chunk of laminated material for the top. If you do that, your jigsaw is going to chip out the edge, it will still work, but it's ugly. Put some green painter's tape on the laminate before you mark and cut the opening and it will somewhat reduce the chipout.

If money isn't an issue, you can purchase a complete table, but it will set you back anywhere from $350 up to $800, depending on the brand and type.

There are lots of videos, pictures and drawings online on how to make your own router table. Before you buy or build, watch a number of them, go visit a woodworking store in your area (I'd plan to drive if necessary, they don't have them on ever street corner.) Look at what they have on the floor so you can see how simple they really are.

I've put in several pictures.

First are the leveling screws from Craig.

Second is a plate in drawing form.

Third is a shop made router table with home made fence. There is no plate on that table.

Fourth is a home made table with a plate and a fancy home made fence that has a dust collection port on the back side.

Fifth is an illustration of how a plate looks when it's recessed into the top of the table.

The last item is a pdf of the 17 or so things that helped accelerate my progress in woodworking. Do pay attention to the segment on sawdust collection. That stuff is nasty and will wreck your lungs.

I also think Stick is likely to post a link to several great pdfs of how to use a router, well worth studying.


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Welcome aboard, you'll find this a great community with plenty of experience and a willingness to share.

My five cents (two cents, rounded up ;) ) is that Tom is right. You can buy a premade table, but it'll cost you, or you can build your own.
Don't be intimidated by how fancy some people have made theirs, that all comes with experience. I'm in the process (and discussions on) of building my first table. It'll probably be very simple, but over time I can improve it and change it to suit, and that's the beauty of it.

There is an absolute wealth of ideas on the site, from a simple piece of plywood (wish we got as good plywood here in Australia) to fantastic builds with drawers and other great additions.
Take your time, plan out what you have the space for, and go for it.

It sounds like you might be best off building your own, if only for the workspace you mention you want.
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Hey, N/A; welcome!
All of the above suggestions plus a big thumbs up for Bill Hylton's 'Router Magic'? Your first post will soon disappear and we won't know who you are after that. :)
Welcome to the forum.
That was also my first router.... My wife bought it new for me as a Christmas present back in the 70's and I still have it, but only very rarely use it because I now have 12 others. The fact that it was my first, and was a gift, is probably why it's still around. It's a great little router to get started with. It came in a metal box and had an edge guide included with it.

Back then my router table consisted of a piece of cabinet birch plywood with a 1 1/2" hole in it for the bit and two holes for attaching the router with flat head bolts and wing nuts. The fence was a jointed piece of straight 2 X 4 with a notch in it to clear the router bit and two clamps. Funny, the router is still in my shop, but this router table is long gone. I initially used it by clamping it in my Work-Mate, but later drilled two holes in it along one edge and just screwed it to the edge of my work bench so it hung off the side whenever I wanted to use it. I later needed to extend a router bit further than it could be done safely, so I routed away a 3/8 deep pocket in the under side for the router base to fit up into. This gave me the additional bit height that I needed. That router and table helped me build some pretty fine pieces of furniture. It was only after I set up a permanent shop years later that I built a real router table and started acquiring additional routers.

It wouldn't take much to build a router table like this, the cost to make it would be very reasonable, and it would be a great way to get started using your new/old router.

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