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post #1 of 19 Old 08-07-2015, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Router Table, CL find

Last week I posted an inquiry as to a router bit set purchase. Thanks for all the great advice and info.

Today I found a Craftsman Router table, with two routers on CL. One is a 1/4, and the other a 1/2 inch Colette. They are almost brand new. The 1/2 inch has never been used, according to the guy I bought it from, and it looks brand new. It also came with a 10 piece Craftsman bit set, and a single Diablo 1/2 straight bit still in the package.
He was asking 100.00 for all of it, and I got him down to 90.00.

I checked it all out online, and the table and routers got decent reviews on line. The online value for everything comes to 262.50.
I think it was a great deal, and just what I was looking for to get my feet wet with routing.
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What brand are the routers? They look like porter-cables which are amongst the best.
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What brand are the routers? They look like porter-cables which are amongst the best.

There Sears Craftman
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you did great!

Craftsman routers are among the best bang for the buck.
All the bits look OK also. The table, well it's not the best, but good enough to start out on.

Be careful and watch your feed direction on the table .... left to right is correct. Use a hold down and feather board for smaller section to keep the work against the fence AND to keep you fingers away from the bit. A push stick is also needed for small sections.

Watch some You Tubes on table routing before jumping right in.

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Wonderful deal----

You will out grow that table very quickly----but it will give you some experience---


That big router looks like a Porter Cable---I have several like that one---
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Your "deal" appears to be a good buy. Hopefully you saw both router(s) in action BEFORE you bought, and got the operators manual for them! Also the bits are a decent starting package to learn from. Thanks for sharing, and be safe.
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I think you got a good deal. Fairly inexpensive way to get your feet wet! Just remember to secure the table before using it- a moving router table is not a good thing.
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Yeah, you got a fantastic bloody deal. The craftsman routers are surprisingly fantastic, and that bit set doesn't look horrible either. I'm not too fond of benchtop router tables !myself, but that's just personal preference and doesn't change the fact that you made out like a bandit

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Lessee, ya got 11 decent quality bits, most look new or almost new; two decent quality routers and a benchtop table for $90....
I'd count that a win any day..
Mikeswoods did point out you will likely out grow the table in short order but that is part of the learning process. I went through 3 tables before I got a combination of features that would work really well for me.

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Be careful and watch your feed direction on the table .... left to right is correct.
Isn't that backwards?
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Isn't that backwards?
Its correct in a router table
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Easy way to remember feed direction, imagine your right hand as the router and the palm of your hand the bit, thumb toward edge of material, index finger points direction of travel, Palm down for freehand, palm up in a table:
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Its correct in a router table
Sorry for the late response here; I had forgotten about this thread.

Maybe your router table is different; here's a picture of mine below. (Actually, it's in an extension on my table saw.) The fence is moved back in the picture so you can clearly see the bit.

Looking down from the operator's point of view (me), the bit is rotating counterclockwise. The correct feed direction of the workpiece is from right to left.

The setup in my picture is obviously for cutting a profile (a cove, in this case) on the edge of a board. However, even if I were cutting a groove in the face of the board underneath using a straight bit, the correct feed direction is from right to left, so the cutting action of the bit tends to press the workpiece against the fence.
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Easy way to remember feed direction, imagine your right hand as the router and the palm of your hand the bit, thumb toward edge of material, index finger points direction of travel, Palm down for freehand, palm up in a table:
I never used a router table before and picked up a shaper to do doors with a few years ago - go figure, it's reversible. Talk about sheer unmitigated terror the first time I failed to feed material in the correct direction; I fired a chunk of poplar halfway across the yard.
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I never used a router table before and picked up a shaper to do doors with a few years ago - go figure, it's reversible. Talk about sheer unmitigated terror the first time I failed to feed material in the correct direction; I fired a chunk of poplar halfway across the yard.
Just look at the bit before you turn it on. Feed the wood like the bit is a chisel.
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Just look at the bit before you turn it on. Feed the wood like the bit is a chisel.
Indeed

The cutter heads I bought are reversible to accomplish different cuts. Switched it back and forth a few times and didn't think before I went in for a cut and bam, blink.
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The cutter heads I bought are reversible to accomplish different cuts. Switched it back and forth a few times and didn't think before I went in for a cut and bam, blink.
My first experience with a shaper was like yours---scared me white--

(it was in high school wood shop)
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My table is so I go from right to left.

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Sorry for the late response here; I had forgotten about this thread.

Maybe your router table is different; here's a picture of mine below. (Actually, it's in an extension on my table saw.) The fence is moved back in the picture so you can clearly see the bit.

Looking down from the operator's point of view (me), the bit is rotating counterclockwise. The correct feed direction of the workpiece is from right to left.

The setup in my picture is obviously for cutting a profile (a cove, in this case) on the edge of a board. However, even if I were cutting a groove in the face of the board underneath using a straight bit, the correct feed direction is from right to left, so the cutting action of the bit tends to press the workpiece against the fence.
Same here.

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