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#255348 - 04/03/09 05:01 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Mark, do you have a link for the PC, I couldn't find it on Rockler. Sounds like an excellent deal.
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#255366 - 04/03/09 05:40 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Adrian]
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Edited by MarkSJohnson (04/03/09 05:41 PM)
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#255369 - 04/03/09 05:50 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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I like my Bosch. It was hard to decide on, as you say, but I can't say a bad thing about it really. But I don't use a router enough to really endorse it. Good quality, sturdy, well thought out. Beyond that, it did not make me the craftsman I'm certain I truly am, so take some points off for that.
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#255370 - 04/03/09 05:52 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Thanks, I see there is a mail-in rebate though, probably only available to US customers I'll email Rockler or PC to find out.
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#255550 - 04/04/09 09:56 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: Adrian]
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I never have gotten used to D handle routers. I have a Bosch, but don't use it, ever. I always grab my little PC. http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-693LR...38896431&sr=1-6
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#255559 - 04/04/09 11:21 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: michael_d]
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My day was full of win wood. Some people finish their basements. Today, I (mostly) finished the storage area under the stairs. It will likely be a useful (contained) play area for the kids. Stick-on vinyl floor tiles, a few 2x4s, some 1/2" plywood, plenty of nails, and some LED rope light has transformed the dark cave into an inviting space. \:\) I still need to put up 1/4-round trim to finish it off, but it's good enough for the kids to use in the meantime.

I have some pictures on the camera that I can post...
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#255560 - 04/04/09 11:22 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: pmbuko]
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Sounds like a nice little project.
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#255585 - 04/05/09 09:48 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: pmbuko]
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 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
I have some pictures on the camera that I can post...


This is the Axiom forum. You're not really waiting to be asked, are you? \:\)
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#255587 - 04/05/09 10:18 AM Re: Got Wood? [Re: michael_d]
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 Originally Posted By: mdrew
I never have gotten used to D handle routers. I have a Bosch, but don't use it, ever. I always grab my little PC.


The D-Handle of your router is exactly what I got yesterday: Porter Cable 691. I like the D-Handle for the trigger control, so I can start it with two hands on it instead of one hand looking for a switch up top. Because it's the same 690 motor as your kit, it's pretty light (which is what I wanted, as I have the Triton in the router table).
My first router was a Skil plunge model that had a sealed rocker switch right on the handle. After using that, I could never figure out why manufacturers put the switch up top, instead of someplace you could actually reach while holding on to it the way it was designed to be held. I mean it's not THAT big a deal and tomayto - tomahto and all that! \:\)

I was on my way from a woodworker's meeting to a Woodcraft to get the dovetail jig on sale...and then was going to go to a Rockler to get the PC690 on sale. I asked at the Woodcraft store if they price-match, but they didn't have a 690 in stock anyway. But then she said she'd take $50 off the D-Handle version to get the price pretty close. As I said, I liked the idea of the D-Handle, and it saved me a 1-hour ride each way to Rockler, so....

At the meeting, the guy was demoing dovetails for drawers and drawer slides... perfect timing for me! \:\) GREAT organization for $30/year. I get discounts all over the place and they even have a full color magazine that they publish 4X a year. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers has over 500 members... evidently one of the largest woodworker's groups out there! I'm psyched!
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#255619 - 04/05/09 02:29 PM Re: Got Wood? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Congrats on the PC, Mark. I too, can't understand why manufacturers don't put the switches in a more convenient/safer location on their routers, something I like about the D-handles.
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