Hi Deborah - glad you're here and welcome! Just an FYI - If you can edit this to add several paragraphs you'll probably get a lot more folks to read it.
Hey Doc! welcome to the forum. I retired In 2018 after 30 years of making a difference in people’s lives as a paramedic. I thank you for your service to your patients! Regarding your Kreg router table, I suggest you give Kreg a call. They are here in Iowa and I hear their customer service is amazing. I send my pocket hole jig drill bits to them to be sharpened and I always get a note in the box upon return. Their phone number is 8004478638. Their email address is [email protected]. Once again welcome!
Thanks so much, Jake. That's a good idea. The more I think about it, there may be other issues- like cut-off switches- mounting a battery-run tool under a table...that I will also ask about. A mounted tool is generally a much safer option for me!Hey Doc! welcome to the forum. I retired In 2018 after 30 years of making a difference in people’s lives as a paramedic. I thank you for your service to your patients! Regarding your Kreg router table, I suggest you give Kreg a call. They are here in Iowa and I hear their customer service is amazing. I send my pocket hole jig drill bits to them to be sharpened and I always get a note in the box upon return. Their phone number is 8004478638. Their email address is [email protected]. Once again welcome!
this site- but than that was your specialty, too!Hi Deborah - glad you're here and welcome! Just an FYI - If you can edit this to add several paragraphs you'll probably get a lot more folks to read it.
Delightful! Thanks David.Hi Deborah - glad you're here and welcome! Just an FYI - If you can edit this to add several paragraphs you'll probably get a lot more folks to read it.
SReilly, thank you. Kill switch is top of my list. Thanks for information, advice, and for steering me toward JessEm! I also just discovered Infinity.Welcome aboard Deborah. As you already know this is a hobby that requires research and careful patience which I'm sure you have an abundance of. This indeed can be a very rewarding hobby and fortunately there are multiple ways to accomplish the needed task many ways.
When I built my router table my concerns were safety kill switch, easily accessible speed control, a large stable work surface, high quality fence and above all the ability to use safety devices. The fence I have allows easy use of both feather boards and Jess Em Clear-Cut™ Stock Guides. I also use their router motor and variable speed switch which I'm not sure is available any longer.
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Stevenrf, laughing! I've already displaced my car from the garage. Building a workshop to house more, at my Parkinson's pace, would be a lifetime project!Welcome, Deborah. Having your disease and ability, I'm surprised you haven't gone into a cnc routing.
With your capabilities, you could easily construct one.
Just my thoughts on reading your interesting post.
Welcome, Doc! What a heartwarming story. I recently retired also and I'm reluctant to admit I'm getting forgetful and less agile around power tools. I sold my Unisaw to get a SawStop because I can't afford to lose any more digits. Just a thought I acted on....My name is Deborah. For my third birthday, our neighbor Chickie gave me a hammer, pliers, and screwdriver. She had my number. They were the best presents ever. Throughout my kidhood, I fixed things. Whatever was broken. I built stuff. I made things. My parents (a chemist and an engineer) nurtured my interests. By fifth grade I wanted to be a doctor. I became a physician (internal medicine and intensive care) and a medical ethicist. I am grateful for 30 years of the privilege of waking up each day with the opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives, the challenge to solve a mystery, develop a creative solution, or sometimes just to be present and caring, to consider my patients' well-being above all else. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and that ended my ability to continue practicing medicine. In addition to an intensive exercise program, fistfuls of medication, and compensating each day with the challenges of the disease, I've returned to making, building, fixing, and solving problems where lives are not at stake. I built a wooden oar rack and then boat racks on a steep hillside for my rowing club. I switched to galvanized steel (all bolted construction- I don't know how to weld. Then an aluminum and foam pontoon rig for my single scull racing shell. Each new step of each new project reveals whole universes of what I don't know. When lucky, I learn from patient masters. Most of the time, from books and YouTube. I gave my skill saw to my yard guy- not safe with my Parkinsions. I have a broad array of hand tools including a gorgeous set of chisels, and have accumulated Milwaukee 18 tools including VS drill, impact driver, impact wrench, rotary tool, Die Grinder, planer, random orbital sander, Hackzall reciprocating saw, jig saw, dual bevel sliding compound miter saw, and a table saw. I also have a 14" dry cut metal chop saw. My newest acquisitions are a 1940s Buffalo Forge 15 drill press (and a new Ryobi 12 drill press). Over a year ago, I bought a Milwaukee M18 compact router with additional plunge and offset bases, a bench top router table, and some bits. I am quite embarrassed to say that the Router table have been sitting, still boxed, waiting for me to have time to learn how to use them properly and safely. I am thrilled today to have found this wonderful forum, and have downloaded all the high quality reference material posted here, and the next project is setting up the router and table.
But I first have I have a burning question: When I bought the Kreg router table, I researched it thoroughly. But today I noted on Amazon questions about the table some answers that indicate it is not compatible with my router. I vaguely remember reading that a year ago, but finding other information that superseded it. Does anyone know if the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Compact Router 2723-20 is compatible with the Kreg PRS2100 Bench Top Router Table ? Is it a matter of getting a proper insert? Or is there some incompatibility with no easy fix ? With my ignorance about routers, I'm reluctant to start putting things together until I know the components will work together well.