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Offline Zacharytanner

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Using a router on the Guide Rails
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:01 PM »
Hi Guys,
I am wondering what uses other then the obvious, dado or rabbet, do you guys use the router and rail for?
I am trying to decide if I should buy the attachement for my OF2000 to ride the rail.
Any and all thoughts/suggestions welcomed.

Thanks,
Frank
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 09:05 PM »
Well of course you can use it for mortises with a large bit and control.  If I remember from a recent thread that item is limited in supply.  If I had the router I would invest the money to get the accessory.  So many times I pick up a tool and then explore the application and then it comes to me how to do it.  Tough to do if I don't have what I need.

Just my opinion.

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Offline Jeff R Johnson

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Re: Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 09:55 PM »
Not sure if this is what you have in mind, but I use mine to seam Formica. I have successfully put together sheets with a 2 meter long seam and was surprised by the results. IMO there is no better way to seam plastic laminate.

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Offline ScotF

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 10:43 PM »
Hi Guys,
I am wondering what uses other then the obvious, dado or rabbet, do you guys use the router and rail for?
I am trying to decide if I should buy the attachement for my OF2000 to ride the rail.
Any and all thoughts/suggestions welcomed.

Thanks,
Frank

The OF2200 accessory kit is money well spent IMHO.  You get all of the must-have accessories to really make this router shine.  The extra plate with the offset foot compensates for the thickness of the rail so that the router will not tip and something I would buy with the guide-stop.    By the time you  get those two accessories you are well on your way to the price of the full kit.

Scot

Offline fshanno

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012, 01:44 PM »
You could use it to cut sheet goods.  A 1/4" double compression bit in a 2200 should be able to handle any kind of 3/4" material.  I've done it with my 1400 using a down spiral in 3/4" melamine and it worked fine.  It was slow and it makes a bit of a mess so I did it in the driveway.  I was having trouble with chip out on some apparently low quality melamine and this fixed it.  Very nice edges, top and bottom.  It made very nice butt joints.

I've always been intrigued by the notion of a human powered CNC using the guides and a router.  I think the 2200 is the finest router in the world.  It would be the choice for something like this.
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Offline fshanno

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2012, 01:53 PM »
And of course there's straight lining and edge jointing.  You could joint two boards that were going to butt together in one pass.  I think it would be safer than edge jointing on a jointer or a router table.  No technique required at all, just push it along.

I've never done the straight lining.  I don't know why.  I just never thought of it in the heat of battle I guess.  I wonder what the edge would be like?  You could experiment with spiral and straight bits and different diameter bits. 
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Offline Alan m

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2012, 07:34 PM »
i have that accesory for my of 2000. i never used it. bought it for a job but it was dellayed on the way so i did it a different way.
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Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: Using a router on the Guide Rails
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2012, 01:07 AM »
Hi Frank

I agree with Peter Halle and Scot - You will be amazed how ingenious you will be once you have the kit and the accessory kit is great value for money. I never take my OF2200 away from the workshop without the accessory systainer by its side.

Peter