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Offline Steven Owen

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2017, 11:34 PM »
@Steven Owen , I hope you get a chance to spend on hands time with the LR-32.  YouTube is great, but hands on is better and can change or re-enforce opinions.

Peter

I don’t know too many people who have an LR32 in Western Canada.  I’ll buying the OF 1400 next year.  Hopefully some experience with Festool router will encourage the use of more Festool Accessories.   

Somedays I wish I was paid in US dollars to make some of these toys a little more affordable.

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2017, 01:02 AM »
Somedays I wish I was paid in US dollars to make some of these toys a little more affordable.

Some days I wish we had Canadian health care to make some of these meds a little more affordable.   [big grin]

Offline SouthRider

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2017, 05:57 AM »
Been playing with the LR32 for the first time this week in my shop. Built a sys-az cabinet to start, and it sure was easy. A lot less thinking necessary. I mounted an inexpensive Dewalt mini plunge router to the LR32 guide rail adapter since I don't have a 1010 or 1400, and it works fine with a 1/4" drive 5 mm bit.

The whole concept seems so much simpler than custom designing and calculating every single piece of a cabinet. It really lends itself to being able to create freely "on the fly" so to speak.

The Schmitt system seems to expand the simplicity and regularity of the concept, making it even easier and more automatic with less calculating involved. Would be great for repeatedly knocking out cabinets in a one person shop.

Offline Ptk16

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #33 on: November 05, 2017, 08:08 AM »
While this is likely obvious, making sure your cabinets are designed following the 32mm principles makes things very easy. This is one of the reasons I am disappointed that we no longer have metric versions of tools in North America now. You can get stickers, but still...

Offline Steven Owen

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #34 on: November 05, 2017, 04:48 PM »
While this is likely obvious, making sure your cabinets are designed following the 32mm principles makes things very easy. This is one of the reasons I am disappointed that we no longer have metric versions of tools in North America now. You can get stickers, but still...

You just have to measure everything out manually like the good old days.  You have to using metric for the best accuracy with the 32 mm system.  Using imperial you could always be a little off. 

Both Canada and the US still use imperial in construction.  We’re the last hold outs on planet earth. 

Offline Ptk16

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2017, 08:47 PM »
I've switched to metric for all cabinet and furniture work at this point. Still use imperial for framing.

Offline JimD

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #36 on: November 13, 2017, 07:06 PM »
I've never used the LR 32 but am interested in the comments from people who use it.  I have a rockler jig in a drawer somewhere but found I like the little Kreg jig a lot better.  I have also used a router to make shelf pin holes with a home made jig but I didn't like that method.  The router is too loud and the bit dulls and the holes get burned.  The drilled holes I make now may not be quite as clean but they are pretty good and the jig is very easy to use.

I drill holes for hinges on my drill press.  Only cost is for the bit.  I just set a fence the necessary distance from the bit. 


Online Bohdan

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2017, 07:31 PM »
I have also used a router to make shelf pin holes with a home made jig but I didn't like that method.  The router is too loud and the bit dulls and the holes get burned.

Could be that you were using a regular router bit for drilling. The normal bit is designed to cut on the face and on the end only for the occasional plunge or they get hot and burn the timber. Drilling router bits are a different shape.

Offline lwoirhaye

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2017, 09:50 PM »
You may be able to find router bits that are like a spiral upcut bit but they have a point like a brad point drill.  That's probably the best kind of bit to use.  I have them in my Mafell, but of course the ones I have are designed for boring machines, not to fit router collets.  Still, the repeated plunge cuts generates a lot of heat and it's possible to burn the carbide if you don't let the cutters cool down occasionally.
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Offline BJM9818

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Re: Value of the LR 32 vs more affordable Jigs
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2017, 07:25 AM »
I normally don't build cabinets but during a remodel this spring I needed to built a set of 3 floor to ceiling bookcases.   

I already owned the 1400 so pulled the trigger on the LR32. It took a few hours watching YouTube videos in the customers garage to get everything set up, but once i got the basics down drilling the holes was a snap.  My cabinets were not in multiples of 32mm lengths but it worked fine.  Hardest part is getting everything calibrated. 

I have not used the kit again but most likely will at some point in the future. It all fits in a Sys2 so it's out of the way and can most likely recoup 75% of what I paid for it if I ever want to sell it so made sense to purchase it.