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Essential router accessories

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  • #57987

    What do you consider essential accessories for your router?

    -Dust control?
    -Edge guides? (http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1054-Deluxe-Extraction-Adapter/dp/B00005RHPP)
    -Various jigs?
    -Other things?

    John S

    #57996
    kzcarp
    Pro

    An edge guide like this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-42690-Guide-Models-Routers/dp/B0000222V9
    and a home-made trammel for cutting out circles or parts of circles.
    And lots of high quality bits.

    kevin

    #57997
    MKE_Voltage
    Moderator
    Saint Francis, WI

    What I am thinking would be essential right about now would be a table for my router. I have a fixed depth router that would be great under a table but I just haven’t found a good table yet.

    #58024
    redwood
    Pro

    All my routers have edge guides, some better then others. We have to do a lot of dadoing for wireing and such.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #58032
    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    Edge guide , I have various wheel jigs and I like that they are all plunge routers

    #58056

    Edge guide for sure
    Bushings for template work
    DC is a must-have for me now
    Router bits 🙂
    Router table
    MFS Template system — so I can make just about anything/any jig I need

    Orange County, CA

    #58060

    I just quickly scanned through this whole doc, which demonstrates some of the different potential uses of the MSF template system… very impressive

    http://www.festoolusa.com/media/pdf/mfs-users-guide-brice-burrell.pdf

    John S

    #58061

    Yep — it is very nice. You are only limited to your imagination. You use the template to cut MDF or something to make a template for your keeper piece — makinig arcs or circles, for example — I would not want to commit to cutting a table top right from the MFS – -I would rather mess up a piece of MDF, refine it and then use that as a template for the real deal.

    Orange County, CA

    #58064

    If you were to get a Festool-only router setup, it sure seems that the $$ keeps racking up real quick. That makes me like some of the accessories the guys mentioned earlier a bit more 🙂

    John S

    #58079

    It does, but considering how well the stuff works and lasts it does not seem so bad. Festool really does provide a lot of value — you just have to get over the initial cost.

    Orange County, CA

    #58118
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    The good tools make their money back and make your job easier.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #58157

    I did not see anyone mention a router mat. These are nice to have when routing something not attached to anything yet.

    #58179
    MKE_Voltage
    Moderator
    Saint Francis, WI

    Does anyone have the Bosch router and table setup? Or recommend a universal router table that I could potentially use with my Hitachi router?

    #58183

    I think generally people think the Bosch benchtop router table is pretty decent. It is definitely better than the other options around that price. But for a little bit more, the Kreg and Bench Dog benchtop router tables are supposed to be very good.

    John S

    #58208

    I think that these are good products. I have a small Bench Dog and it is awesome.

    Orange County, CA

    #58213

    I have a full sized table for the shop. One friend had a Kreg and I felt it was not sturdy enough when I looked at it (he was selling it). I have another friend that has a Bench Dog and he highly recommended his when we spoke about portable router tables.

    #58224
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Wow that cast iron table looks super good!

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #58277

    Wow that cast iron table looks super good!

    I suppose rather than getting a benchtop router table you could always just add it as an extension to your table saw!

    Another option I have toyed with myself is doing the Paulk workbench v.2 which has a router table built into the bench….

    John S

    #58284
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Did you get the V.2 plans?

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #58288

    Not yet – I just don’t think I have enough room in my shop for it, even though I like a lot of what he has done. But the fact he added the ability to add a router and fence to his table is a great upgrade to it

    John S

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