Hey, I'm new here and to woodworking in general. Sorry to dredge up this
old thread, but it's all I could find about the WoodRat and it doesn't
address more than the fixed router question.
I requested the brochure on the WoodRat and I'm intrigued, but it seems
so unconventional. I've got a second hand PC router with fixed and
plunge bases and I've been thinking about building a router table. I
like the idea of using the plunge router right side up and the space
efficiency of the WoodRat, but is it worth the money (around $650 USD)?
I guess based on financial reasons, I've got two choices:
1) Build my own MDF router table, probably imperfect, cuss it for a few
years, learn, and eventually upgrade to something better
2) Stick with handheld router operations until I can save up for the
WoodRat, which hopefully would last me a long time and my skills could
grow with it
do both. <G>
first build yourself a router table. make it a simple one- a sheet of
whatever you have with a hole in it for the bit ad the router screwed
to the bottom. clamp a stick on for a fence. it's zero dollar and lets
you get on with making stuff that matters. it also lets you figure out
how you would want a router table to be better than what you have and
hack away at it without having to worry about messing up your nice
pretty factory router table. a few rounds of that and you'll have a
table that works like you need it to, rather than how someone else
thought they could sell it to you. you'll figure out what parts are
worth it to you to buy, fences or lifts or whatnot, but don't be
afraid of unconventional configurations.
eventually you'll run into the limits of the router table. then go
ahead and look at stuff like the rat, fmt, or multirouter. you'll
still want the table though.
That's rather the point. And it's patented, so it
will stay unconventional, since copying it would be illegal.
Many owners speak highly.
(many owners of this British product are British, natch)
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