Originally Posted by trevarthan
That looks like one of the many JDS multi-router clones. I've heard people say they cost $100 if you're frugal and source the bearings super cheap on ebay. I've never heard someone claim $50. Got a link to plans? Also, how long did it take to make?
I'm always suspicious of DIY kits. I really don't want to spend 100 hours building a tool. For my bill rate I could buy several festool 700s for the same amount of time, converted to cash. I made an exception for my workbench, but it's taught me a lot about woodworking that I would have to learn anyway. At this point, I'm really more interested in making doors than making more tools to make doors. I hope that makes sense.
Well the design was by Greg Paolini. It wasn't a kit. After looking at the plans I took a few ideas and built my own. It can easily be built from my pictures. I didnt need the plan. He writes for Fine Woodworking, sells products and teaches. I used 8020 rails and bearings found on EBay. His version wasn't strong enough for me and I was already using 8020 on a panel saw I built. I sent him a picture of my unit and he responded favorably and called it very stout. It was a weekend build. The tool is a pleasure to use and I am amazed at how accurate it is.
What doors do you build? What's the Fe$tool maximum depth of cut?
Here are reasons to at least look into building the unit.
Built from scraps and Home Depot nuts and bolts.
Will not wear out. Bearings are overrated.
Easy setup using regular wench found in any tool box.
One full turn moves the router 1/16". So it micro adjusts to numbers difficult to see.
Mating parts use the same setting. I built 6 chairs with it.
Use any bit size needed instead of designing the project to fit the two Fe$tool has.
Cuts come out very crisp and clean. Reentering a hole to cut deeper does not effect the size. No wobble.
How deep can you go? longer bit cuts out deeper mortice or through mortice.
Wide range of sizes can be cut and marry up. Such as a 3" leg to a 3/4" skirt using the same settings.
BTW I saw a few on EBay going for less claiming to be only used once.
Nails only hold themselves.