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Offline Chinski

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So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« on: May 04, 2019, 05:38 PM »
Used it properly for the first time today (ie Instead of “testing”) since swapping from a Dewalt recently.

Had to create a series of recessed shapes in a 40mm worktop. I actually took the work outside so as to avoid dust - but no need! Connected up to a ctl 26 on a 36mm hose, there was quite simply no dust - literally none. I called a couple of people over to have a look but they thought I was a bit nuts. I may well be, but that’s beside the point.

Anyway, having moaned about dust levels with another tool, I thought it only fair I highlight excellence when I see it. I couldn’t be happier with the OF 1400 + CTL 26 performance.

Minor niggle would be that I can’t seat it properly in the systainer with the dust extractor shield secured but hey ho.

Well done Festool.

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Offline ear3

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2019, 05:32 AM »
Yeah, it's a revelation to know you could work indoors with this router.
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Offline Chinski

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 01:48 PM »
Finally worked out a way to clamp drawer sides on the mft/3 for base groove routing along the guide rail. I find this much easier than setting up and using the table. (Using the 1400 add on spacer base)

Twelve drawers done perfectly in no time and you have to struggle to find any dust at all to speak of.

I’m truly impressed.

Offline air19

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 01:57 PM »
Any chance you can post a picture of your clamping setup with the OF 1400 to do the drawer grooves? 

Thanks

Offline Chinski

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 03:32 PM »
Sure!

I lined up 3 x 3/4” boards between the clamps to ensure there was enough room to sit the whole router on the board. Ideally I’d use slightly smaller dogs - gonna order some 3mm ones. Also, when cutting these, I had some scraps at both ends to stop dust.


Offline SS

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 05:58 PM »
Thanks for the pic Chinski.

Do you have two bases on your router? Or a thicker base than normal?

When I use the rail guide I keep the router base on the rail itself, with another rail on the other side to keep it level. (Which worked well until I needed a longer rail!)

Offline harry_

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 09:23 PM »
Thanks for the pic Chinski.

Do you have two bases on your router? Or a thicker base than normal?

When I use the rail guide I keep the router base on the rail itself, with another rail on the other side to keep it level. (Which worked well until I needed a longer rail!)

They also make this part so you don't have to do that. Part #438608

Pretty sure my OF1400 came with one.
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Offline Chinski

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2019, 11:29 PM »
Thanks for the pic Chinski.

Do you have two bases on your router? Or a thicker base than normal?


Yes - optional base LA-OF 492574 designed specifically to be the same height as the track for this very purpose. See pic


Offline RKA

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2019, 12:00 AM »
Heh, just learned something new!  I always assumed it had a singular purpose as its name applies.  Thanks @Chinski !
-Raj

Offline SS

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2019, 03:39 AM »
Thanks Chinski - I wondered if it was that. I've been toying with getting one too but hadn't seen much feedback on it. (I have the outrigger that @_harry mentioned but it didn't feel as stable as I'd like.)

Offline Chinski

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2019, 08:02 AM »
 I agree regarding the outrigger – it is just a little piece of plastic holding a lot of weight, and you are only ever guessing as to whether the router is perfectly horizontal or not…

Give the base a go – it is well worth it.

Let us know how you get on...

Offline Sanderxpander

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Re: So impressed with the OF 1400 router on a CTL 26
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2019, 11:01 AM »
Huh, does this exist for the 1010 too? Seems like a worthwhile part!