Aldi router and table

Hi,
I understand that last Thursday's deals included a router and table. I haven't been to see if my store has any left. Is it worth the journey? Are they any good?
Thanks, Stephen.
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Stephen wrote:

Looks like the same model they had last time around - if so ... I bought one and it's fairly Ok. The only gripe I had was with the guide system. The basic frame is a plastic moulding and the two 'wings' didn't seen exactly straight to me - not far out but ... In the end I made a replacement from some left over laminate floorboards - a bit tedious but everything works fine now :-)
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Alan wrote:

Alan,
I bought the el-cheapo Aldi router table to do a one-off job at the beginning of the year - and spent half a day making a new (straight) guide, sorting out the 'bent' on-and-off feed tables, adapting the router table fixing plate holes to fit the Aldi router that I bought two years ago [1] and sorting out the electric supply cable so that I could use it without having to fit a bloody great extension cable.
[1] The router tables were the same, but they altered the router baseplate holes on the newer models - and they don't sell the old type table baseplate as a 'retro-fit'.
All great fun, but it did the job after all that and is now in 'retirement' sitting on the workshop floor buried under a pile of off-cuts.
Cash
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Stephen wrote:

You might want to search the archives. ISTR something about the router not fitting the table very well.
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Stephen wrote:

I think the router and table is on sale next week.
Today they have a biscuit jointer -that's the one of their tools I havent got cos i've never had one and i dont know what they do or why i'd want one.
are they any use?
I did buy something at aldi today, triangualr sanding discs and drill bits which saw wiggles (according to the pic on the packet)
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On Mon, 14 Sep 2009 21:45:59 +0100, "george (dicegeorge)"

So far the reviews for the router table don't sound promising. That's a shame because they are half the price of anyone else. I don't have a router or table so was hoping this would be a cheap way to test the water. I was looking forward to making my own skirting boards.
I don't have a biscuit joiner either, and like you I as thinking whether I should get one but I wasn't sure whether I needed one or whether I just wanted one because Aldi were selling them cheap.
As I understand it, and I may have got this wrong, the jointer cuts an arc out of a piece of wood. If you are making a box then at any edge there are two pieces joining. I think the idea is that you cut an arc into each piece of wood and then you fit small wooden ellipses into these arcs. It's a bit like a bigger version of using doweling and these wooden ellipses are called biscuits. I think you can buy ready cut biscuits or make your own. The biscuits are glued in place but I think the water in the glue also makes the biscuits swell, so that they hold the two pieces of wood together and since the biscuits are inside the wood, the join is invisible. But I could be wrong about some or all of the above!
I would be interested to know whether a biscuit joiner (Aldi or any make) is worth buying too.
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george (dicegeorge) wrote:

http://www.diyfaq.org.uk/powertools/biscuit.htm
I like em - quick and easy way of aligning stuff and reinforcing joints.
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Thanks for the heads up on biscuit jointers. I have been thinking of getting one for a while but the Aldi ones had sold out. Seems you can pay 30 for the cheapos and around 200 for the makita/dewalt/bosch models. In the end I've got a 50 SIP version from toolstation (33775). Seems ok for build quality and has all metal front angle and markings/notches in the right places. Has a dustbag which I think was missing on the Aldi version.
Now to the biscuits! TS sell them in packs of 200 for about 7. Fleabay have packs of the size 20 but what I'd like to buy is an assortment of sizes in smaller quantities. Is there anywhere else that sells them for reasonable prices.
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Dave Starling wrote:

And the rest, go have a look at the Lamello[1] range at Axminster ;-)
[1] Folks who "invented" the biscuit jointer...

Just check the biscuit slot cut is nice and parallel to the edge, any error will soon show up a foot away from the biscuit as a misalignment of the edges.

Trend do assortment packs at silly money. Probably best buying a pack of each size from TS.
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Thanks for the heads up on biscuit jointers. I have been thinking of getting one for a while but the Aldi ones had sold out. Seems you can pay 30 for the cheapos and around 200 for the makita/dewalt/bosch models. In the end I've got a 50 SIP version from toolstation (33775). Seems ok for build quality and has all metal front angle and markings/notches in the right places. Has a dustbag which I think was missing on the Aldi version.
Now to the biscuits! TS sell them in packs of 200 for about 7. Fleabay have packs of the size 20 but what I'd like to buy is an assortment of sizes in smaller quantities. Is there anywhere else that sells them for reasonable prices.
Dave
bought my multi size pack from Axminster
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