(Power) Feed Me!

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Just lately we acquired an important query from a reader for Rollie.
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Hello Rollie,
I learn your evaluation of the cast-iron router tables from
Common/Excalibur. I now have three of them. Love them. Would
or not it’s possible to mount an influence feeder to them? I feel it
would assist me with the standard of my raised-panel doorways and
moldings. Is the forged iron thick sufficient to drill and

Ostrander, Ohio

P.S. The primary boat I ever constructed additionally sank. Mine was a
Revell plastic mannequin of a World Warfare II battleship that I had
put collectively. It went down within the household bathtub, thankfully
in solely three in. of water.  I used to be capable of salvage it. I
liberally smeared Vaseline on the hull in an try and make it
watertight. No luck. I put in dry dock up on a shelf. I later
used it for gunnery apply with my trusty Daisy Mannequin 1894
Lever Motion BB gun. Being a child was enjoyable!

Hey George,
Thanks for the good questions! I’ve been utilizing small energy
feeders on my router tables for near 20 years and utilizing
them has revolutionized the standard of just about every thing I
do with a table-mounted router. I normally use a small Delta
energy feeder with an infinitely variable pace management. Delta
doesn’t promote it anymore however Common (20-100), Grizzly (G4173),
and Store Fox (W1746) nonetheless have it. The pace management is
vital as a result of it makes it simple to seek out the candy spot the place
the fabric is fed quick sufficient to maintain it from scorching and
sluggish sufficient to maintain from overloading the router motor. To get
the proper feed pace, I run a chunk of scrap that’s the identical
species and identical thickness underneath the feeder set on the slowest
feed charge. Because the piece runs previous the router bit, I enhance
the feed pace till I hear the router motor begin to sluggish.
Then I again off the pace to maintain the router at full music. Do
this slowly so the router motor has time to regulate to the feed
change. Be sure you have the router pace set on the
acceptable rpm for the bit you’re spinning (most bit
producers checklist the optimum speeds for his or her bits on their
web sites or in literature equipped with the bit … which I
at all times appear to throw away). Rolly1

The advantages are a number of. First is the protection facet: The
feeder retains your fingers away from the router bit and
virtually eliminates kickback. Subsequent is the standard of the
molded floor: Cuts-per-inch are constant alongside the size
of the inventory, leading to a uniform floor texture, and the
inventory is held securely to the desk and fence, creating a really
correct and constant profile. And at last the feeder takes
away the necessity to bodily push the inventory previous the cutter,
which generally is a chore with lengthy or slim materials.

If the router bit removes a whole lot of materials, say for instance a
raised-panel bit, make the reduce in a number of passes. Take about
half the waste on the primary cross. On the second, reduce to inside
1/16 in. of the completed profile. Then make a closing cleanup
cross. The outcomes shall be excellent.

So far as mounting the feeder to your cast-iron desk goes, I
don’t suppose it will likely be an issue. The forged iron on my Excalibur
desk seems thick sufficient to drill and faucet. Be sure you use
a considerable bolt, ideally three/eight in. I’ve my feeder mounted
to a hardwood block that enables me to clamp the meeting
wherever it really works greatest, entrance of desk or again, left aspect or
proper. The stress exerted from the feeder isn’t excessive, so
clamps will do a positive job of holding it in place and this additionally
makes it simple to maneuver the feeder between router tables.


My boat ultimately floated with a modified motor mount and the
even handed software of caulking, however after one season it was
relegated to storage as four-wheeled conveyances (and a
driver’s license) took over my private transportation, and
leisure, wants. And also you’re proper, it was enjoyable being a child,
particularly once we have been trusted with probably harmful
toys. It was thrilling. Possibly that’s why we like energy instruments so
a lot. We’ve to develop outdated however we don’t need to develop up.

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