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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2008, 11:20 AM »
As I am a novice, I would like to know if the secondary plat was difficult to make?  Any hints or directions that you could pass along?

Chuck

Hi Chuck,
Its easy to make a secondary plate.  First prepare the material: a piece of hardboard, maybe a foot square and two similar sized pieces of Formica or whatever laminate you have.  Sandwich the hardboard between the two sheets of formica with contact cement.  After it has dried, place your regular plate on top and trace the outline of the plate.  Also mark the holes where the plate screws onto the base.

Cut out the shape of the plate using a bandsaw or a jigsaw, staying just outside the lines.  Now you will need a 'flush trim' router bit.  This is a straight bit with a bearing on the bottom (or top).  Use doublestick tape to attach the original plate to your trimmed new one.  Run the flush trim bit bearing against the original bit and the router will cut an exact copy of the original plate onto the new one. 

Now drill and countersink screwholes in the new plate.  Buy some 4mm x 12mm screws and attach the new plate.  The first time you use it, you will cut open the center hole with whatever router bit you use, or if you want, you could repeat the trimming process for the inner hole.

By the way, the flush trim bit is also great for making zero clearance inserts for your table saw.

Hope this helps.

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Offline Daviddubya

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2008, 03:49 PM »
I used the standard base plate as a template to make the secondary base.  I cut the outline within 1/8" with a jig saw.  I taped the rough base to the standard base, and used a template bit in a router to cut it to the same profile as the standard base.  It took less than an hour to make several secondary bases for myself and some Festool friends.  It probably took as long to laminate the hardboard as it did to cut and rout the finished bases.  If you can find some material that is .2" (5 mm) thick, you can make the bases without laminating.  Or buy the Festool snap-in base (492 574) and use some 2mm shim material to get the right thickness.  Or try cutting your dados with the router resting on the guide rail and the outrigger foot in place.

ps - It seems that Jesse and I were typing our answers at the same time.  Smile.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2008, 03:50 PM by Daviddubya »
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Offline DutchClutch

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2008, 12:34 PM »
Am I missing something here?  Why not just use the rail and router setup as intended?  Run the router 1/2 on the rail with the foot attached.  The result is no stability problems whatsoever and no need to add a secondary plate.

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2008, 12:52 PM »
DutchClutch, I think some people just like cutting their dado's off rail. I am with you and have had no issues whatsoever with running it on the rail but certaily can understand the comfort level in using it the other way. Fred
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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2008, 04:49 PM »
Am I missing something here?  Why not just use the rail and router setup as intended?  Run the router 1/2 on the rail with the foot attached.  The result is no stability problems whatsoever and no need to add a secondary plate.

Hi welcome to the forum :)


        I  have been using the foot and rail as would be the normal set up for this for a couple of years.  I recently started having the foot slip when I plunge. I think a lock washer would solve that. But I plan to make a base for another reason. Often my set up will have the router starting either right at the edge of the piece or with the bit center completely off the piece. In these situations half or less of the little foot is also off the piece and can lead to a somewhat tricky or tippy (front to back not side to side) start. A larger surface would help a lot with this.


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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2008, 07:46 PM »
Sorry I reread my post and it sounded more than a tad bit condescending.  I am always in search of better ways to use my tools, I will in the future try to add value rather than sound like a jerk.

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2008, 07:56 PM »
Sorry I reread my post and it sounded more than a tad bit condescending.  I am always in search of better ways to use my tools, I will in the future try to add value rather than sound like a jerk.

Welcome to the forum, DutchClutch.  I for one read your first post without thinking at all of the word "jerk".  You'll just have to try harder if that's the way you want us to think of you.   ;)

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2008, 08:17 PM »
Sorry I reread my post and it sounded more than a tad bit condescending.  I am always in search of better ways to use my tools, I will in the future try to add value rather than sound like a jerk.

Dutch I am constantly rewording my posts after I read  them. I find sometimes no matter how hard I try my point is missed and something I said as a side note is challenged. Everyone on this forum has been nice to me even the people I disagree with on certain things.

Now that guy Fred you have to watch out for. ;)

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Offline joez71

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #38 on: July 10, 2008, 07:27 PM »
Thanks for the tip Dave, just picked up my first festool product the of 1400.....


Will keep this for future reference...

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Offline KCW

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #39 on: August 03, 2008, 09:26 PM »
I don't see why we, the customers should HAVE to solve a problem as obvious as this.

There is no problem, I believe.  The outrigger foot, which I believe comes with the router, works just fine.  Ingenuity being what it is, DavidDubbya came up with a more deluxe approach.  Seems to happen every day on this forum.  Tools work better with clever jigs and adaptations.  Take Jerry's embelishment on the new MFK 700, which allows it to ride the MFT rail.  (Can't wait to get my hands on that sucker).  Didn't remove a defect or solve a problem, just enhanced the utility through thoughtful ingenuity. 

Most of us enhance most of the tools we use in similar fashion.


My OF1400 didn't come with the "outrigger foot".  I bought the router over a year ago and didn't know enough to even question it's absence.  I just assumed it was like most other Festool accessories.....you have to pay extra for it.  Should this extra have been included?

Offline Daviddubya

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #40 on: August 03, 2008, 10:23 PM »
My OF1400 didn't come with the "outrigger foot".  I bought the router over a year ago and didn't know enough to even question it's absence.  I just assumed it was like most other Festool accessories.....you have to pay extra for it.  Should this extra have been included?

It came with mine.  I think if you call Festool customer service, they will send you one.  You will need the thumbscrew also.  I don't think it is available as an accessory, but it is probably a spare part.  See page 19 of the manual here:

http://www.festoolusa.com/Web_files/OF1400_manual_usa.pdf
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Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2008, 10:37 PM »
The "outrigger" support comes with the guide rail stop, Festool 492601 - Router Guide Rail Stop for OF 1400. It really doesn't have much use otherwise that I can think of. Though I'm sure as soon as I say that, somebody here will have thought of a great use...


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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2008, 10:59 PM »
The "outrigger" support comes with the guide rail stop, Festool 492601 - Router Guide Rail Stop for OF 1400. It really doesn't have much use otherwise that I can think of. Though I'm sure as soon as I say that, somebody here will have thought of a great use...


Tom

Here's another use for the outrigger.
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Offline Daviddubya

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #43 on: August 04, 2008, 12:07 AM »
Tom - Thanks for the clarification.  I got the outrigger support with my router because I got the Guide Stop with my router.
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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #44 on: August 04, 2008, 06:19 PM »
The "outrigger" support comes with the guide rail stop, Festool 492601 - Router Guide Rail Stop for OF 1400. It really doesn't have much use otherwise that I can think of. Though I'm sure as soon as I say that, somebody here will have thought of a great use...


Tom

I bought the guide rail stop several months after getting the OF1400 and it didn't come with the outrigger support.  Are there different guide rail stop packages...perhaps one that doesn't include the support foot?  I know it's only like a $5 - $10 part but it's still sort of annoying.

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Re: OF1400 Router Enhancement
« Reply #45 on: August 04, 2008, 09:01 PM »
The only Guide Rail Stop package that I know of for the OF 1400 (492601) comes with the outrigger support.

Tom