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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ok so I have an additional project to look at. I want to make a mate of mine a fly tying bench for his birthday, making the bench is not the issue, what is the issue is at the front of the bench I want to cut a recess into the base of the bench to take the pedestal base of the fly tying vise. In the attached image you can see the recess and I was hoping the members here could give me some advise on how to do this.

I have a router set up in a table but I also have a router I can use freehand. Looking forward to your advice.

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Don't know how to say this, Dave, but you need another router.

I have found that I use my routers free hand more that in the table.

I believe you have a Triton in the table? This should be easy to remove and re-insert the spring to use free hand as needed.

Others may have different experience.

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Dave, one of the reasons we encourage members to list the equipment and experience they have is so that we can tailor the advice we give. It seems I remember Harry or James saying once before that most routers sold down under are plunges? If that's the case then follow James advice. You can make a template to follow. If you use a pattern bit to cut the recess then you can make the template the same size as the vise base.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Good advice Charles, I have listed the equipment I have, The Triton plunge router is mated with the table, I have a Bosch plunge router to use freehand.
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