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Offline Mario Turcot

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Jessem Router Table
« on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
I finally received all the packages from the JESSEM ULTIMATE EXCEL II PACKAGE


I am pretty excited to put it all together. Here is what to expect as boxes


  • The Top
  • The Lift
  • The Stand
  • The Casters
  • The Power Switch
  • The TA Fence
  • The Stock Guides

I also order an extra set of inserts.
It is not easy to find any information about Jessem's product. I thought I could make a thread about the build, for future reference.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2020, 09:31 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
The Stand


Registration Card & Instructions


Hardware & Tools (coffee optional but highly recommended)


Stand Parts


4 identical legs
2* large bottom braces
2* small bottom braces
2** large top braces
2** small top braces

Note*: The large braces have a notch, make sure the notch is toward the top.
Note**: The small braces have a lip, make sure to have the lip toward the inside and top. The lip is to attach the table top.

Putting the stand together. Take 2 legs and a large bottom brace. Put on the 4 capscrews* hand tight.


Put on a large top brace using 4 capscrews.


Note*: All capscrews from the hardware bag are identical.

Repeat with the second side.

You should have 2 identical parts, one with the Jessem logo that should go to the front table.

Time: 20-25 minutes

P.S. At this stage all capscrews are hand tight to ensure some play for when you put the top to the stand.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 07:12 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
The Casters


Parts, hardware & instructions


Remove the feet and slide in the attachment into the inside t-slot.


Push in up to the attachment ridge and tight vigorously (not to the point to brake it tho).

Sorry for the blury photo.

Add the casters mechanism using 2 capscrews & washers on each end.


Add the casters mechanism to the other side* and put back the feet.


Note*: Make sure to add the mechanism to the sides of the stand and not on the front/back.

Add the 4 wheels, ensure the nylon nuts** are toward the inside of the casters mechanism.


Note** Do NOT over tight.

Here the result  [big grin]


The feet will need to be adjust to the right hight.

Time: 12-15 minutes

P.S. At this point again all stand capscrews are hand tight.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 01:44 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
The Top & Lift


The Top came with no hardware and no instruction. It's just a top  [wink] It was well packaged to protect both sides and corners.


The Lift + hardware, came also with no instruction  [eek] There is instructoins on Jessem website but this time I improvised.


2 Identical top reinforcement,
1 Dust port,
1 Handle support,
1 Remove insert tool,
4 Inserts,
1 Jessem T15 driver,
3 Allen keys,
1 Bag of hardware

Locate the lift gear box pocket from the top. The lift sits in that reses.


Use 7 black screws to secure the lift.

Once all lift screws are done fix the 2 support using the self taped screws.


P.S. Do NOT install the handle yet.


Time: 20-25 minutes

« Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 07:14 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
The Top, Stand & Fence

Putting together the stand and top start with some fence work.

The fence package


Install the 2 identical fence supports.


Install the base using 14 self taping screws included from the lift hardware. Thight the screws and install the handle.


Finally tight all the capscrew bolts from the stand.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 12:01 AM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2020, 09:11 PM »
The Router & the switch

To add the switch, you have to remove the 2 capscrews in the top front left leg. Use the same screws to fix it to the table.

3 years old Rigid R29302 with little use since I have the OF 1400


The Ridgid use the B1 configuration, eazy peazy.

Now I need a hand to put it on the floor  [big grin]

Hopefully the router lock pin is easily accessible from the top  [smile]
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 08:06 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2020, 09:12 PM »
The TA Fence & Stock Guides


There is no point to comment on the TA fence. The instructions booklet is very well made and easy to follow.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 06:42 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Re: Jessem Router Table
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Offline thawey

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2020, 09:49 AM »
Enjoy, I have that exact set-up and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2020, 03:18 PM »
I now need to get on the other side of expenses. The router and the bits.

I already have a 2hp Ridgid, that will be installed on the router table. I'm looking for a compatible router from the following list;

• Porter Cable 7518 (4.2” Motor Dia.)                 [3.25 HP]
• Porter Cable 690/890 (3.5” Motor Dia.)            [1.75 HP & 2.25 HP]
• Bosch 1617/1618 (3.5” Motor Dia.)                  [2.25 HP]
DeWalt 610/618/616 (3.5” Motor Dia.)             [1.25 HP & 2.25 HP & 1.75 HP]
• Makita 1101 (3.218” Motor Dia.)                      [2.25 HP]
• Hitachi M12VC & KM12VC (3.267” Motor Dia.)   [2.25]
• Milwaukee 5625/5626 (4.143” Motor Dia.)         [3.5 HP]
• Milwaukee 5615/5616/5619 (3.32” Motor Dia.)  [1.75 HP]
• Craftsman 17543/17540/28190 (3.5” Motor Dia.)   [2 HP]
• Rigid R29302 (3.625” Motor Dia.)                      [2 HP]<< current option

Ideally I would like a PC 7518 or Milwaukee 5625 but the motor only. Do that option to buy even exist?

The bigger bits I will use is a raised panel bit
Mario

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2020, 03:50 PM »
I now need to get on the other side of expenses. The router and the bits.

I already have a 2hp Ridgid, that will be installed on the router table. I'm looking for a compatible router from the following list;

• Porter Cable 7518 (4.2” Motor Dia.)                 [3.25 HP]
• Porter Cable 690/890 (3.5” Motor Dia.)            [1.75 HP & 2.25 HP]
• Bosch 1617/1618 (3.5” Motor Dia.)                  [2.25 HP]
DeWalt 610/618/616 (3.5” Motor Dia.)             [1.25 HP & 2.25 HP & 1.75 HP]
• Makita 1101 (3.218” Motor Dia.)                      [2.25 HP]
• Hitachi M12VC & KM12VC (3.267” Motor Dia.)   [2.25]
• Milwaukee 5625/5626 (4.143” Motor Dia.)         [3.5 HP]
• Milwaukee 5615/5616/5619 (3.32” Motor Dia.)  [1.75 HP]
• Craftsman 17543/17540/28190 (3.5” Motor Dia.)   [2 HP]
• Rigid R29302 (3.625” Motor Dia.)                      [2 HP]<< current option

Ideally I would like a PC 7518 or Milwaukee 5625 but the motor only. Do that option to buy even exist?

The bigger bits I will use is a raised panel bit


I have an unopened 7518 I never used and would be willing to help you out if you're interested.
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Offline rst

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2020, 05:31 PM »
I've been using a PC 7518 in my router table  for 20+ years.  The lift is the origianal Benchdog which was marketed to small production shops for dedicated stations.  It is a beast...I bought from Tool Crib of the North, ehich was bought out byAmazon and now operates as Acme Tool.  I've routed wood, mostly quarter sawn oak, all kinds of plastics and even aluminum.  I have the Keen dust collection attached to an Incra Wonder fence using a Festool split hose for a CMS router table.

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2020, 05:47 PM »
Mario, you might want to give the Milwaukee router with the remote control head from Jessem a very close look.  That would be my first choice, followed by the P-C 7518 router motor.  Good luck with that magnificent table setup!   [smile]
- Willy -

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Offline Vondawg

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2020, 07:08 PM »
Wow what a testament to QUALITY ...very nice !....in every way
There are no mistakes....just new designs.

Offline supimeister

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2020, 09:44 PM »
I've wondered if I should switch from my current setup to something else, so I will be watching this thread closely.  I currently use a CMS-VL with the Incra Wonderfence on my mft/3.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2020, 11:16 PM »
@Sparktrician I consider it untill this  [crying]

I contact Jessem and request infos about that combo. They are still selling it but by phone only. The price was interesting too but I'm a bit suspicious. Looking at the box, I don't think it's a Milwaukee motor.

Made in China  [eek]

I know the ideal router is the PC 7518. The lowest price I found id $495CAD so I was wondering if you can buy only the moter without any base for cheaper.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2020, 11:18 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2020, 11:26 PM »
Just found that Porter Cable 75182 on amazon. Can someone confirm if this is the same as PC 7518? this one is about $70 cheaper.
Mario

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2020, 11:40 PM »
Mario, I am just getting started on the router table journey.  From what I see it looks like the 7518 is the full router and the 75182 is the motor only.  Others can confirm or refute this.

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2020, 08:19 AM »
@Sparktrician I consider it untill this  [crying]

Made in China  [eek]

I know the ideal router is the PC 7518. The lowest price I found id $495CAD so I was wondering if you can buy only the moter without any base for cheaper.


Well, that IS disappointing, for sure.  That makes the decision to use the P-C 75182 even easier.  The 75182 is just the motor only.
- Willy -

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Offline Steve1

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2020, 08:24 AM »
The Jessem pieces are really nice.   Not inexpensive, but when you look at the components, you can see you are getting your money's worth. 

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #20 on: May 22, 2020, 02:32 PM »
Mario:
Great choice!
I bought this Jessem table and setup 10+ years ago -
Mounted a dedicated PC7518 to it.
Great power and variable speed.
Then I “hosed“ a Dust Deputy and Festool CT33 (still runnin’) to it.

I strongly recommend a couple of dedicated offset wrenches for the PC7518 -
To make router bit changes easy. I hang ‘em on hooks attached to the table legs.
Relatively cheap - Rockler - Woodcraft

Over the years I’ve added a Rousseau power bar “kill switch”.
https://rousseauco.com/product/safety-power-switch/

And the JessEm Clear-Cut Router Table Stock Guides
https://jessem.com/collections/router-table-accessories/products/clear-cut-stock-guides

Guaranteed... You will love it. [thumbs up]
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Offline rst

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2020, 04:31 PM »
The offset wrenches will make changes easier but the easiest solution is the Eliminator Chuck.  I've been using one since it was originally offer...waaay back when.  It extends the chuck and only requires an allen wrench.  This is especially useful to me as I use the Keen dust collection which has a silicone cup that that fits over the chuck and works better with the extended chuck.

Offline Df1k1

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2020, 05:20 PM »
Very timely and bookmarked! Will be purchasing this later in the year. This will definitely come in handy. I’ll be outfitting it with the porter cable. My only question is the top looks like it may scratch easily. Almost like a saw stop extension table which I found a scratches  easily.
Any comments?

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2020, 05:41 PM »
Will the stock guides fit in the black T track outfeed fence? Or will they only fit in the upper gold track?

Did the kit come with the swinging arm type bit safety guard?

Seth

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2020, 05:52 PM »
@rst That's an interesting accessory. My Ridgid router requires that I push a button to lock the motor and that bvutton will be under the table.
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2020, 06:22 PM »
@SRSemenza
Will the stock guides fit in the black T track outfeed fence? Or will they only fit in the upper gold track?

Did the kit come with the swinging arm type bit safety guard?

Seth

Yes the stock guides fit in both T-tracks
The swinging guard is part of the TA Fence

Can you find the error?
Mario

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #26 on: May 22, 2020, 06:38 PM »
The offset wrenches will make changes easier but the easiest solution is the Eliminator Chuck.  I've been using one since it was originally offer...waaay back when. 
How do you like it? Do you ever experience any excessive vibration?
I'm tempted but skeptical. Traditional collet is self centering, while Eliminator is not. I do see some small variation of shank diameters between bits.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2020, 07:15 PM »
@Svar Found this website. Expensive tho!
« Last Edit: May 22, 2020, 08:11 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2020, 08:10 PM »
@Df1k1
Very timely and bookmarked! Will be purchasing this later in the year. This will definitely come in handy. I’ll be outfitting it with the porter cable. My only question is the top looks like it may scratch easily. Almost like a saw stop extension table which I found a scratches  easily.
Any comments?

Yes the top might be easy to scratch but it's rock solid. I am really impressed by all part of that table. The only thing that I was worrie about is the lift package do not include the instructions. I did put it together without any problem. The instruction are available from Jessem website tho.
Mario

Offline rst

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Re: Jessem Router Table
« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2020, 08:32 PM »
I've been using for years now, wood, plastic and aluminum with no problems.