STEP 2: ASSEMBLING THE ROUTER COMPONENTS YOU WILL NEED TO GET STARTED
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Use your 5/32" Allen wrench to remove the plastic tie bar guard that is attached to the tie bar underneath the worktable. NOTE: This guard is provided for table sawing operations and is therefore unnecessary for use during over-table routing.
Slip the router chuck onto the main spindle and use your 5/32" Allen wrench to tighten it against the spindle flat. NOTE: There are three setscrews on the router chuck. The one at the large diameter end of the arbor is used to secure the arbor to the main spindle.
Loosen the locking knob on the power base mount at the left end of the way tubes (on the Mark V, lift the headrest handle to release the way tubes), then grasp the way tubes on the left side of the machine and raise the tubes and the machine into their vertical position. Tighten the base lock on the front side of the machine.
Loosen the quill feed lock and the table height lock. With one hand, use the quill feed handle to lower the router chuck down into the hole in the router/shaper table insert. At the same time, with the other hand, use the table height crank handle to move the worktable in-and-out until the router chuck is centered in the hole of the router/shaper table insert. Secure the table height lock.
Attach your rip fence to the worktable between the way tubes and your router chuck. Position the fence so your workpiece will be in alignment with the intended cutting path of your router bit. NOTE: You can use the table height crank to move the worktable in or out to make fine adjustments to your cutting path. Be sure to keep your router bit within the hole of the table insert.
You'll need to adjust your router shield to the correct height by loosening the wing nut on the front of the shield and lowering it so that the bottom of the shield is approximately 1/8" above the workpiece. Then, loosen the wing nuts on both sides of the shield and lower the shield's brush assembly so that it is about 1/8" above the workpiece surface.
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Now that you've located and assembled the components you'll need for routing, CLICK HERE to use the router for a sliding dovetail cut.
- Knowing Your Machine
- Getting Ready
- Table Saw
- Drill Press
- Horizontal Boring
- Disc Sanding
- Over-Table Router
- Under-Table Shaper
- Making a Project