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Top Features of The Multi-Function Router Base | PART 1 | Deep Dive

Mar 17, 2022
hello again everyone and welcome back to another edit of the woodpecker

deep

dive

my name is jeff ferris welcome to my shop today we are going to take a closer look at a new woodpecker tool the

multi

function

router

base

before we begin If you haven't already I'd like to ask you to hit the subscribe button and notification bell that way you'll know about each of our new videos and if you like what you see today be sure to give us a thumbs up. So what does the

multi

function

router

base

do right given its name? It does a lot of things, but let's start from the beginning, the most fundamental use for it and that is to provide additional support for your router base when you are forming an edge, say rounding off a corner of a piece with your standard router base, It's all pretty good, you know you're obviously unbalanced because there's more outside than there is inside, huh, and you can get away with that as long as you pay attention to what you're doing for a while, but then when you get to the corner, now you have a much bigger problem because as you go around that corner there just isn't enough support and that's when you have little digs in one side. from the other corner of your corner so as i get ready to show you how the router base works i want to go over step by step how this is put together when you get your multifunction router base you will have two sets of rods that look pretty similar one one of them is for connecting the router and the other one is an extension set now you can tell the difference by looking at the ends ok the small ends with the small threads are for connecting the router the larger end with the thicker thread it's the extension rods so the 5 or 16 or 8 millimeters are what you use for festool routers the threaded ends will thread into this little hole on the bottom of this and then adjust in height to match with your router now the easiest way to put this together is to start by putting th the rods in your router if you put the rods in the blocks first it makes it much harder to try to a linear everything in the router slot, so just drop them in, don't tighten the knobs, lower them until they're just out. loose now we're going to attach that to the top of the base and thread the rods into the mounting lugs ok now you'll notice there's a hole in these rods and to tighten them just find something at your store that will fit into that hole and give it a little push so next we want to center the router on the base so I'm going to bring this to an edge where I have something that I know is centered which is that little trammel point right there I go going to adjust it until my router is right on it then we'll lock the blocks in the track so everything is a little loose and we need to tighten it we're at our center I'm going to carefully flip it over and while it's centered I'm going to tighten the vertical lock now with the height l locked in and the width locked in we're going to slide the router back and forth and make sure it doesn't get stuck and it doesn't we're in good shape here and we're a little off center but not quite enough o so it's important for the cuts we're going to make, we want as much support as possible when we're routing the trim, so I'm going to slide the router almost to the end of the opening and lock it into the rails at that point so I can see that even completely off the work piece one handed I have the tool balanced the closer I get to the work the better my balance so you can see we're going to have really good support through this cut you can see that the fourth is absolutely perfect we didn't have any pilling when we went through and we can do that on the whole piece if that's what we needed the next thing i want i show you is cutting a groove to fit a piece of material and making it at an angle regarding his material I'm just going to pick a gle and we're going to put the board on there like this you know if I had a plan I would have an angle where I would try to get hit but we just go to say make it hard and don't do it I'm going to set a specific angle what I'm going to do is mark both sides of the stock and that's where I want my groove so what I want to show you about the groove is how great this feature is of micro adjuster and what we are doing. what you need to do is set roughly the distance between the edge of the base and the cutter to the first line then we'll zero it and then we'll make a cut we'll get to the other side zero that and we'll make the cut I know from tip to edge of this base my bottom end is four and a half inches so that's a good place to start we're going to go four and a half inches from this line and set a mark parallel to that's okay um four and a half inches there, four and a half inches there so we're going to bring our track in and align it with our two marks now that we have the rail parallel to the slot that we want we're going to set the gap between the edge of the guide and the cut first we're going going to get closer sliding the router along the rails then we'll lock it down so you can see what I'm doing I'm going to drop the router just above stock and with my raw fit I went a little too far so I I'm going to take my micro adjuster now and score it until the edge of the cutter is right on my pencil line I've got it marked now I'm ready to lock it in and make the cut now we'll use the micro adjuster to score the router bit on the other side of the cut so as we mark I'm going to rotate the bit and make sure I'm on my line, okay.
top features of the multi function router base part 1 deep dive
Let's see how we did it. Here is our table again. We're going to place it in that slot and fit it perfectly into the cut we were looking for an angle that wasn't parallel to either side of our plywood I actually measured it and it's 40 and a half degrees this time I want to make a cut exactly parallel with th is the edge and that's even easier the edge guide has 10 different positions where you can mount it i'm going to use the one furthest towards the end and we'll just drop the bolt in and thread it in now i need a half inch slot straight parallel to this edge so I'm just going to situate seven inches from the edge of my stock give myself a little bit of room to dial that in now as before we're going to start with our macro adjustment sliding it in the rails when I get close I'm going to lock it down lower the bit just above the work make sure my fence is against the edge turn my cutter so i can see my pencil line unlock the micro adjuster unlock the outer clamp and mark it Now we are ready to cut perfectly parallel with the edge of our stock.
top features of the multi function router base part 1 deep dive

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Are you starting to get an idea of ​​what we mean by multifunction? Well, I have one more thing to show you this week, so we're going to save the rest of the tricks for next week's

deep

dive

. Next, we'll remove this corner. For our piece of plywood in a perfect eight inch radius, I have eight inches marked on both ends, that's our start and end point, and we have eight inches this way for our axis, so to make that cut, we're going to take our trammel pin and put it in and lock it in now we'll take that axis point and drop it into our hole then we want to get to the tangent take our router bit down lock it in so we can make our adjustment and now I'm going to mark on the router bit to just kiss the material at the eight inch point right there oh so we've got a nice radius corner here but what if we wanted that radius to be bigger or if we wanted to route a slot a bit further eight inches a

part

? from the fence join us for the next deep dive when we are going to add the extension bars that will get you almost two feet away from the bit.
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You can also add extension bars that will take you over three feet which will be next time deep dive thanks so much for looking today if you haven't already please h is the subscribe button and the notification bell if you like it what we did today give us a thumbs up and see you next week at Deep Dive
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