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What router to use for a homemade routertable?

I think you may be misunderstanding what a CNC motor is. The CNC motors are stepper motors, and they can be precisely directed to move the X, Y, and Z axes of a CNC machine They need the appropriate ...
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Can I turn my router table into a jointer?

I think that could work, but I've seen a (imo) better way done by the Samurai Carpenter on Youtube. There is also an instructable for such a sled. \o/ (Image from instructables.com, made by user ...
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How do I safely accomplish plunge cuts on a router table?

Plunge cuts on a router table are done by lowering the wood onto the spinning bit, holding it against the fence to stabilize it. A higher-than-usual fence may help. Featherboards pushing the work ...
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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?

Kickback can definitely happen with a handheld router. It's important to use the correct feed direction (typically moving the router from left to right) to prevent it. There are two reasons I can ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

From the youtube videos I've watched it seems that the 45 degree heavy duty chamfer bit 36-950 from Infinity Tools is the go to bit for this sort of job, however it also appears that this only comes ...
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Is a featherboard necessary on a router table? Why not a block of wood?

A block of wood Will act as a guide to help hold the work piece tight to the fence/bit to ensure that your cut is consistent. This is good. Will require precise alignment with the fence. If it is ...
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Large 1/4 inch 45 degree chamfer router bit for cutting mitres

it also appears that this only comes in 1/2 inch shank A 45° cutter that's large enough to cut the full 22mm thickness of your work will have to be at least 44mm in diameter, plus the diameter of the ...
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Is it possible to make a combination tool?

This is what the Shopsmith brand tools are known for. They sell tools in a couple of different configurations, such as the Shopsmith Mark V or the Shopsmith Mark 7. Different configurations allow you ...
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How to achieve slightly rounded edge?

You can use a roundover bit in a router You can use a router table or not, and there are several different size roundover bits. In your picture, it looks like maybe a 1/8" bit was used. You can also ...
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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table

Plexiglass may not be the best choice, but there are other plastics that may work better with less deflection and a better wearing surface. Several manufacturer's use phenolic plastics for router ...
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What router to use for a homemade routertable?

For a router table, light weight is not an advantage; more power is. (When handheld, the equation may or may not go the other way depending on what you are doing. Which is the reason, other than price,...
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Why is hand held routing less prone to kickbacks than routing on a router table?

Good Answer already from @SaSSafraS1232 but I wanted to address some additional points you raised. If anything, a kickback on a router should be more catasfrophic as the tool can be thrown from ...
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How to achieve slightly rounded edge?

You can break the corners a few times with a block plane set to take a very shallow cut. First make a 45 degree pass to make one facet, then break both corners of that facet, repeat on both corners of ...
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Should I give my router a “break” between passes?

I normally always switch off all my power tools in between setup and next pass especially when working with large pieces. The power switch is located and convenient to access. So turning off the tool ...
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Using surface flattening router bit in a router table

No, it's not a good idea. You can of course chuck this style of bit into a router mounted in a table and I can envisage some potential uses for it1, but to then use it for the intended purpose — ...
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Routing out recess for base plate - router table

The nice thing about round corners and routers is that the automatically make them round. In this case you could make a frame that you follow with the router on the inside. if you use a bushing ...
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Router to create this baseboard?

You could do this using a router and a matching bit of course but it would be far more rational to figure out how to do it using a combination of common bits. That is if you wanted to use a router. ...
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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips

This seems to be a common issue with the Kobalt router the OP purchased. When you press the course adjustment you compress a spring which releases the interlocking gears connecting the worm gear of ...
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How to achieve slightly rounded edge?

A router is overkill for doing a very slight roundover like this, although it will do the job well and very repeatably of course once you've dialled in the setting on the router or the router table. ...
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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table

You could use some 3/8" lexan, which you can usually get from the Home Store. I would recommend some solid surface(ie. Corian, etc.) if you can get your hands on a piece. It can be machined using ...
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Use a fence with a router bit with a bearing?

It's preferable to use both. The fence, lined up with the bearing, protects against the workpiece slipping up and over the bearing, and provides a place to mount featherboards to help keep the ...
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Can I turn my router table into a jointer?

I would like to use my router table as a jointer since I can not afford the cost of a jointer itself. What modifications would I need to do to the router fence (maybe?) to make it work the best. For ...
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Is a plunge router suitable for router table work?

I have mounted my PC 890 plunge router in my router table and have removed the springs. This makes bit height adjustments very easy. Bob and Rich Rosenthal used this set up in their shows in late 90's....
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Using surface flattening router bit in a router table

Two main issues with this approach I can see: The router bit will be partially exposed on the edges of the work. If you are not careful with finger placement, you might get injured. I would strongly ...
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What are some techniques for jointing boards using a router table?

You can do this using a router table and split fence if the left side is adjusted forward to precisely match the exposure of the router bit. The idea is to provide outfeed support exactly ...
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Forming 2x6 tongue & groove decking (with chamfers)

If you have a router table or a shaper, you can buy matched bits that can route the tongue and groove each in 1 pass, such as these tongue and groove bits Of course the biggest problem is finding a ...
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Using plexiglass instead of aluminum plate for router table

Plexiglass is probably too flexible for this purpose. If you can't get a plate, remember that you can bolt the router directly to the underside of a table. It isn't as convenient, but it works.
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Max bit size in Craftsman fixed-base router

The other limit on the maximum size of the bit is whether you have speed control, either built in or as an external controller. Speed at which the outside edge of the bit is travelling for the same ...
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Kobalt Router Depth Adjustment Skips

I had the same issue. It was not the worm gears. My plunge was getting into a bind and caused some wear marks on the router which was causing the issue. I used my Dremel and lightly sanded down some ...
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