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Hello Routerforum members: I just signed up, and I am introducing myself. I had never heard of of this forum group(stumbled across it it doing a Google search for router table switches) My name is Tim, and I live in Nv. I am a hobbyist woodworker that got interested by watching Norm. I am slowly becoming a router junkie. Just got the "big" Woodpecker router table with the PC7518, and
I am still putting it together(building an enclosed cabinet inside the stand). I also really enjoy home diy projects. I am NOT on any type of social media, and want no part of any of it. I also do not know how to upload anything, so please don't get upset if I never post photos. Feel free with the questions/comments. Thank you for having me.


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Hello Tim.. welcome to the forums...
if you add your name to your profile you won't be referred to as N/A in the future...
as for adding pictures.. it's a drag and drop process from your hard drive/document folders to your post......
just under the post you are making there's a n area labeled ''Drag and Drop File Upload'' just snag thew photos you want to upload and place them there.. all dome..

in/at this link there is a wealth of information that you can use... so please take the time to read it...
 

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Welcome to the forum, Tim! Like Stick says, please add your name to your profile to clear the N/a in the left panel.

And we do like photos. Often you'll hear, 'No photos then it didn't happen' no matter the level of project. It's easy to post, again like Stick said.

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Glad you decided to join the fun. That's a very nice table and enclosing it for storage is a great way to do it. One thing I'd like to suggest is that the very next purchase should be a good dust mask. Sawdust will do tremendous damage to you lungs over time, and the router produces plenty of that. Even better is getting a sawdust collecton system set up. That won't obviate the need for a mask, but it helps to reduce the amount you track into the house.

What follows is kind of long, but it covers the 17 major things that helped speed up the learning curve for me. Lots of hints, but don't plan to do it all at once, as you'll read in the copy. I'm attaching a .pdf file that also has a few photos. Just double click on it and your computer will let you download it or just read it.
 

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Tom: I have a box of N 95 dust masks, and do use them, as well as hearing/eye protection. I am not as immortal as I use to be. I also got an RZ mask through work, It broke when I tried to change the replaceable
filter. Thank you for your welcoming.
 

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Tom: Forgot to mention that I have a Jet DC, that I use on my planer. Does a great job. Will also port it for the router table. Would also like to get an air filter, as I have a fine coat of dust on most everything that
I am constantly vacuuming.
 

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Welcome to the forum Tim ,and thank you for filling out your profile and giving us a name , as it’s pretty rare these days .
I’m sure you’ll enjoy it here . There’s a great group of people here , and I don't normally do any social networking myself, but these people have become a lot like a family to me, so I spend a lot of time bugging them lol
 

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I have a Jet DC, that I use on my planer. Does a great job. Will also port it for the router table. Would also like to get an air filter, as I have a fine coat of dust on most everything that
I am constantly vacuuming.
which Jet do you have???
some help w/ air filtration and the DC..

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Tim
 

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Welcome Tim. I found this site back a few months ago and can't believe how much I've learned. Asking questions gets you answers or suggestions quickly from those well experienced. I use both a Shopsmith portable DC and installed a CV1800 that works great but was a real job to install if for no other reason it takes 6" pipe and did 99% by myself. I built a noise dampening closet to reduce the noise which works great. The Shopsmith DC is losing power and I need to investigate but I've also taken to selectively use my very old Craftsman wet/dry shop vac. For single tool jobs like using my Festool track saw and my new Leigh Super FMT jig it works wonder with almost no sawdust. The larger stationary tools are connected to the CV1800. The router table has a 4" hose on the fence and another 4" on the cabinet for the compartment that holds the router and lift. It's one dual blast gate that connects to a 6" pipe and is clear acrylic. Either port can be opened/closed.

I have found with the Leigh jig I still get quite of sawdust that hasn't be captured and its very fine. That's when I make sure to use the hanging air cleaner, a Jet AFS-1000B which filters the air very well. Just make sure if you decide to use one of these it needs careful consideration on best placement.

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1... The Shopsmith DC is losing power and I need to investigate
2... I have found with the Leigh jig I still get quite of sawdust that hasn't be captured and it's very fine.
1... air flow is restricted...
filters impacted...
trapped particles in the line...
open an end of line gate a little to a lot to test this...

2... what router are you using and do have a dust hood on it???
 
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I built my own air filtration 'system' for about $30 with a box fan and 20x20 filter. Works great. Three speeds and in a two-car garage shop there's no need for a remote control. I turn it on every morning and back off late at night so it's always running on low speed. I turn it up when I need a bit more air movement or if I'm going to be ripping a lot of Walnut and getting the dust off the top of the blade.

And it's on a swivel so I can point it where I want -
Ceiling Product Air conditioning Lighting Emergency light


Automotive exterior Ceiling Metal


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1... air flow is restricted...
filters impacted...
trapped particles in the line...
open an end of line gate a little to a lot to test this...

2... what router are you using and do have a dust hood on it???
Thanks Stick I do need to check this over better and haven't yet. I have the Shopsmith manual somewhere in the desk to refer to. It's a simple machine. I had even changed the air filtration bag it uses to filter down to a smaller particle but that should change the suction I wouldn't think. It went from like 5 micron to maybe 2. Also it is only connected to one device at any given time, no blast gates on this. As for the dust collection on the router, my current two hand held models that I use are Bosch 1617EVSPK and the Colt. I do have the Oneida dust attachment as well as Bosch's but I can't use these on the dovetail jig and I haven't done any freehand routing in a while. Been using mostly the router table which barely leaves a trace when the CV1800 is on.

Just need to get organized a bit more, slow down and take things in order. I've got three projects going, two large, and I'm all over the place not to mention needing to be out of town for a few days setting up a new telescope system at a Northern Va College.


Love being retired......

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