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Lr32 system and rail
« on: July 05, 2018, 11:27 AM »
Just wondering what your thoughts are on the lr32 system with guide rail?
Is it Worth the money? Does it save you time and is it accurate?
I’m doing more and more alcove units with adjustable shelving and hoping to speed the process up somewhat.
Many thanks,

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Offline clark_fork

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2018, 12:07 PM »
Outside of the patience needed to overcome the learning curve, the main emphasis of the system is that it is not confined to just making shelf pin holes. It is set up to accurately place European hinges and place drawer slides.

Therefore, if your intent is to solely drill shelf pin holes in a fixed position, one of the readily available shelf pin jigs would serve your needs.

A secondary concern might be that the system is metric based and this might also add to learning time as well require some metric measuring items. However, essentially it is a clever logical system that once learned is a worthy addition to any shop even those where the use might be limited.

On a personal note, I had a good experience in the learning mode watching videos by erock of the Poplar Shop.   
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Offline cpw

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2018, 10:41 PM »
I've found using the OF1010 router with the LR32 is much faster than drilling jigs.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 02:51 AM »
After an initial learning curve (to wrap your head around the different options on how to align it to your workpiece) the LR32 is quick to use and relieable in giving repeatable results.

Can also be easily extended to other uses: get a 20mm cutter to make your own MFT tops, as-is as a story stick with a 32mm grid (for other tools, like a domino), route hidden (end(s) closed) grooves/dados/rebates/slots (limiting the sled movement with anti kickback stops for the TS, or an anything else that goes into the t-slot and can be locked in place, in case you need to go out of the 32mm grid the holey rail provides), ...
« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 02:54 AM by Gregor »

Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018, 09:21 PM »
I have an LR32 and as others have stated, there is a learning curve.  But once you get it figured out it is great.  I made a large built in book case for my niece that she uses as a pantry.  For that project is was simply fantastic for drilling the shelf pin holes. 

For me it’s not an “every project tool” but when I need it I am glad I own it.

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 10:02 PM »
Another vote for Festool’s LR32 System...
Worth the investment - Especially if you’re making more than 1-2 cabinets.
As said, there is a learning curve... But it’s interesting... And not too “steep”.
I use it and my OF 1400 router to make cabinets.
Extremely accurate. Repeatable. And quick... Once you get the system down.

erock’s (Eric’s) LR32, 7 part, step by step, “how to” series -
Is worth every minute it takes to watch it. (Me... more than once. [embarassed])

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018, 01:03 PM »
Ive had the LR 32 system for a while. I think its a great system.

Doing one or two cabinets does take some time. But when I do a lot of cabinets say 3 + it really shines.

You do have to be accurate in cutting your cabinet sides. They have to be dead nuts on 32mm. They can be a tad shorter and use a small filler piece to take up the slack. Be sure to mark which is the top when using a filler. Otherwise the holes wont match.

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2018, 04:31 PM »
I used mine last weekend.  I rarely use it, so when I do I have to watch a video to remind me of the things that I forgot.  I got that Zen feeling when the holes were so pretty and perfect  [big grin].  It is a step up from the cheaper offerings from other manufacturers but is a step below multi spindle boring machines.


Offline Kodi Crescent

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Re: Lr32 system and rail
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2018, 10:52 PM »
With regards to the n*32mm length requirement for rail placement - I thought of trying threaded dogs such as rail dogs or some other short dogs to center rails on workpieces that aren't cut into 32mm increments.  While this sounds good in theory, I haven't tried this yet, so I don't know how well it works in reality.