Author Topic: OF1400 modifications: centering, stop-dados, and dust extraction  (Read 2083 times)

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Offline Nick C

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Centering the copy rings:
The copy rings (template guides) attach to a part called "adjustment washer" which in turn attaches to the router base plate with two round head screws. The through-holes in the adjustment washer are oversized, which would permit the washer to be moved and fixed such that, with the aid of a centering mandrel, the washer--and thus copy rings--would be centered. In the current design, however, there are also two alignment pins that fix the adjustment washer in place and prohibit any lateral adjustment--which makes centering impossible. If these two pins are simply removed, the problem is solved, but this modification would proabably invalidate the warranty. Please consider eliminating the alignment pins and adding two more screws--also with oversized holes--to provide a centering capability and a secure attachment.
Gaging the end of cut for stopped dados and other stopped cuts:
Stopped dados are often used to provide a recess for a cabinet rear panel. The oversized base--which is typically used for extra stability--has a center mark on its narrow end. The mark is difficult to see, and is a long way from the bit, making the end of cut location difficult to determine. Please consider providing a circular opening in the base, located on the extended portion but close to the router body, to serve as a "view port." The opening could be fit with a plexiglass insert with cross hairs, to make it easier to see registration marks on the workpiece.
Dust extraction tube for larger bits:
It is often difficult or impossible to use the dust extraction tube, because its clearance hole is too small. The hole is just big enough for the collet. Many edge-forming bits--such as round-overs-- have wings that do not fit in the hole, and which cannot be plunged below the base sufficiently to clear the dust tube. A dust tube with a larger opening could be developed that would use the same mounting system, and would allow many of these very popular bits to be used without interference.

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Offline James Watriss

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Re: OF1400 modifications: centering, stop-dados, and dust extraction
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 06:03 PM »
I'll say that the dust extraction needs a revisit, but not for the reasons you mention. It IS possible to use those big bits. There's a gate on the tube that will clear the collet once the height is set up.

But the dust extraction itself doesn't have enough flow to clear that much waste. I've tried using the dust box that mounts on the edge guide, but it's weak at best, and then you need to plug the hose port on the dust tube, or it blows junk all over you. No good.

I'm hoping for a redesign that looks like the 2200, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, something with a bigger bore for lots of air flow, that will pass more than the regular hose nipple would be great. The 1400 spins big bits just fine, but the dust collection isn't up to the task when that much waste needs to be swallowed.