New Toy, New Toy, Woo Hoo.. (Router + Router Table)

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Bob,

    I wish I could say it is comming along.. Truth is that after
    I gave the aluminum tube and oak beams to my friend to
    machine and drill.. I haven't heard back from him and I
    don't expect them to be done soon. He works on this kinda
    stuff on his own time, after hours at the shop so it's slow
    going [​IMG]
     
  2. Allen Ross

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    i personally think MDF is a lot easier to work with then BB, I just cut 4 holes (2-2 3/4, 2-9 1/16) in 1 1/4 BB and saddly i went through 3, 1/4 straight bits [​IMG] i was only taking about 1/4 off each time around, i guess i might have been pushing the bit to much but it didn't seem like it. When i took my rabbit bit to some scrap MDF to make a test depth cut, about 1/2 deep by 1/2 wide it went through like butter but i had to make two passes on the BB cause i thought it was going to tough. I still got a smooth as silk finish.
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

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    The hardest part about MDF is the glue.. The glue is murder
    on the bits it generates a lot of heat.. But MDF machines
    so nicely.. Almost as good as metal [​IMG]
     
  4. Tommy T

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    I've got the same router. Bought it from Home Depot about 6 months ago and have had no problems what-so-ever. I wish the table was a little bigger, but hey, for $100 you can't complain. I bought a set of the 15 router bits that HD sells next to the router and all are still in good working shape.

    Congrats on the purchase!

    Tommy
     
  5. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Tom,

    Glad to see another person with a Ryobi product. Too many
    people go for the same old names.. Ryobi makes a great tool
    in my opinion and some of thier tools are simply unbeatable
    like the BT3000 Table Saw which has a cult following..

    The table is a little small if you are working with real
    large pieces, but extensions could easily be added to handle
    large sheets if you worked with enough sheet material it
    probably wouldn't be a bad idea.

    As for bits, Home Depot carries bit packages from Old Hickory
    Tools (I think that's the name) they have different size
    packages. I am going with the $100.00 package that has the
    Ogee's, Roundovers, Rabbets, Pannels and Flush Trim Bits
    in numerous sizes. They are all Ball Bearing Tip with Carbide
    Blades.
     
  6. Chris-Lip

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    Brett, I have the Ryobi BT3100 table saw and really like it, do you have the 3000?
     
  7. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chris,

    Unfortunatly no I have a 3 horse Craftsman but it does
    the job very well. The BT3100 is a very nice table in fact
    I was checking it out when I bought my router and wishing I
    had bought one instead of my craftsman.
     
  8. Bob Kavanaugh

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    Great, now you've peaked my interest in the Ryobi BT3000/BT3100 table saws. From the research i've done, you're right Brett, there certainly seems to be a "cult following" with this table. Looks to have tons of bang for the buck. I have a saw similar to yours, a Craftsman 2.7 HP. I hate it. The fence is terribly inaccurate, it is way too small, direct drive, ugh, I could go on but I won't. Luckily I have access to a nicer saw to build my things.
     
  9. Brett DiMichele

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    Bob,

    My fence works great and the motor has plenty of guts..
    But a BT3000/3100 it's not... I only paid a buck fifty for
    it though (brand new)
     
  10. Bob Kavanaugh

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    No doubt my Craftsman will cut wood, and the fence appears adequate, but the saw I use (and wish I owned) has a $400 fence and is perfectly parallel to the blade at all times. This saw happens to be a craftsman too, so I'm not knocking them, I guess I'm just spoiled. Look at Norm Abram's rip fence on the New Yankee Workshop, it has a digital readout of the width of cut. That would ne nice...
     
  11. JeffTodd

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    I will second the BT3100. I picked it up back in April and have had only positive experiences. The saw is incredibly accurate out of the box which makes setting it up a breeze. If you also pick up the accesory pack then the accessory table of the BT3100 also acts as a router table. Excellent for people like me where work space is very limited.
     
  12. Jack Gilvey

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    My brother has the Ryobi table saw, nice stuff.
     
  13. Allen Ross

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    don't get us stated on Norms Tools [​IMG]
     
  14. Brett DiMichele

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    Digital Readout Rip Fences.. Yeah the stuff of dreams are
    made of these [​IMG]

    Bob I do agree though as well as my fence works.. YOU MUST
    square it at all times.... (not really a big deal for me)
    but I can see how a better fence would cut down on set up
    time.
     

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