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Routers

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Synonyms: plunge routers, handheld routers;
DE: Oberfräsen, Handoberfräsmaschinen
Type: power tool
Material: wood
Used with: router bits;
router jigs
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Tutors: Lukas, Martin, Luzian
Similar (More or Less): CNC router, router plane; milling table, CNC mill


A router is basically a powerful motor spinning a sharp metal bit at high speeds. Read the manual before using and be aware of the difference between the regular "push" and the more dangerous "climb" cut!

Safety

Routers are very dangerous tools, make sure you have received the handheld router introduction in person and take time to think about what you are going to do!

Router Bits

(main article: Router Bits)

Router bits can get quite expensive, but good quality ones can be sharpened when they become dull.

Typical collet (Spannzangen) sizes are 6 and 8 mm.
A simple shared set of 8 mm router bits is available in the wood workshop. As always, report when broken and replace them accordingly.

Copying Rings

Copying rings can be used for template work and are more versatile (although a bit more complicated) than flush trim bits with a ball bearing that takes care of the copying. When working with a copying ring, the template has to be offset from the target shape by a few millimeters: offset = (outer coyping ring diameter - bit diameter)/2 [1]

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Makita DRT50

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Makita DRT50

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Location: wood workshop (below router table)
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Manual: Makita
Tutors: Patrick, Lukas


The router has its own box (Makpack) with all its accessories (DRT50RTJX2). It is battery powered with 18V Makita lithium batteries that are shared with our other Makita tools like the cordless drill. The set consists of:

  • flat surface attachment w/o grips
  • flat surface attachment with grips
  • edge cut attachment
  • 2x vacuum dust attachment
  • long grip (can replace one of the stud grips on the flat surface attachment)
  • roller attachment for routing edges with bits lacking a bearing


Ferm FBF-1050E

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Ferm FBF-1050E

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Location: wood workshop (router table)
Access Requirements: handheld router introduction
Manual: pdf
Tutors:


This router comes with 6 and 8 mm collets (Spannzangen). A few other accessories, including a parallel fence, can be found in its box.

This router is currently mounted in the router table!

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A set of router bits is available with the router. As always, report when broken and replace them accordingly.

Past repairs:


Makita 3612BR

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Makita 3612BR

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Location: office
Access Requirements: after commissioning: handheld router introduction
Manual: manualslib.com
Tutors:


This powerful 1.6 kW router with 65 mm plunge capacity [2] should be a nice fit for our router table once it's ready to use!

If we ever have to fix it, Makita provides the explosion diagram

This tool is not ready for usage yet, since not all commissioning steps are completed yet. The process is also tracked on GitHub. Feel free to contribute to making it usable, any help is very welcome!

Task comment Status
Name the tool: - done
Take a picture - pending
Find the manual as PDF needed for all machines - add a link to the InfoBox or comment where you could not find it done
Documentation this page, status: in commissioning pending
Print QR-Code use the wikicrawler pending
Introduction According to the manual: no changes to Handheld Router Introduction required pending
Security Check to be done or witnessed by a manager pending
Test smaller collets needed! We should get 6 and 8 mm pending
tool's name, owner and approx. value entered by Lukas done
Last step: make it available physically and in the wiki - then delete this template pending


Private Tools

Einhell TE-RO 1255 E

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Einhell TE-RO 1255 E

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Location: Mitja
Access Requirements: ask nicely & handheld router introduction
Manual: pdf
Tutors: Mitja


Mitja owns an Einhell router that you may be able to use for your projects if you ask him nicely.