In this article, Gregory Paolini shares his experiences using the Festool OF 2200 router in conjunction with a CT dust extractor for solid surface work. Gregory Paolini is a nationally recognized woodworker, author, and woodworking instructor. You can learn more about him by visiting his website at www.GregoryPaolini.com.
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Take advantage of a limited time offer at participating retailers to receive 10% OFF of Festool MFK 700 EQ Routers, OF 2200 EB Routers, and select related accessories. Maximize your savings by purchasing a router package that includes one of our CT dust extractors. See your preferred Festool dealer for complete promotion details and information about additional package savings. Some restrictions apply. Offer valid from 10/1/2010 - 11/30/2010 at participating Festool dealers.
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Save 10% instantly on MFK 700: It's like having two routers in one!
With its modular design and tool-less base changes, the MFK 700 can easily transform from a vertical to a horizontal position with a few simple steps. Trim laminate and edge band or rout grooves for inlays easily with the lightweight and maneuverable MFK 700. Packed with features, this trim router saves you money by allowing you to use bearing-less bits when used with the attachable base feeler bearing. Four-thousands of an inch (1/10 mm) fine depth adjustments and exceptional dust extraction make this an ideal router for all of your light routing tasks.
Save 10% instantly on the king of heavy-duty routers, OF 2200. Editors' Best Choice and Readers' in FWW's 2011 Tool Guide.
The OF 2200 is our most powerful router. It can easily plunge into 8/4 hard maple and make a 1/2" groove in a single pass. With 2200 watts of power, you might think you are working with a portable shaper. Designed for exceptional maneuverability, the OF 2200 incorporates many new ergonomic design features, making it easy to control, and a pleasure to use on the jobsite or in the shop.
Quick, easy, accurate dadoes on thin material, such as doors.
The Plexiglas™ Routing Aid (495 246) attaches to the OF 2200 router for routing grooves and slots on the edge of material while providing dual fence guidance. An integrated ruler and adjustable fences accommodate material from 13/32 inches (10 mm) to 2-9/32 inches (50 mm). The clear Plexiglas™ material provides great visibility while routing. It's great for routing grooves in doors. Save 10% instantly when you purchase the Plexiglas™ Routing Aid.
Save time hole drilling 32mm panels.
We've featured Brice Burrell, a carpenter in the Pittsburgh area, in previous editions of SysNotes. Brice continues to find creative ways to use his Festool set up to become more efficient. As you may know, the Parallel Guides can be used with the Festool TS plunge saw and guide rail for quick, repeatable cuts. You may also be familiar with Festool's 32mm hole drilling system and LR-32 guide rail. However, recently Brice published an article on his website that showed how to combine the Festool LR 32 system with the Parallel Guides to create a jig for routing 32mm panels. The advantage of his process is that you no longer have to repeatedly align the guide rail to the panel. Panels of equal size simply slide into the jig and you're ready to rout - no clamping or set up required.
MFK 700: One motor. Two bases. Many reasons to add it to your arsenal.
View a video of the Festool MFK 700 router on YouTube.
The MFK 700 router is often overlooked in Festool's router line up because of its small size, but it's quickly becoming the cabinetmaker's router of choice. This router is outfitted with a powerful 720 watt motor and offers unique solutions with its modular horizontal and vertical bases. Of course, incredible dust extraction comes standard on all Festool power tools.
Routing mortises for locks the easy way.
View a video of the Festool Plexiglas template routing aid on YouTube.
We received an email and some photographs of a project from carpenter Robert Slack of Gaucho Woodworking. He was in the process of installing mortise locks into doors and was struggling to find an easy way to accomplish the task. Fortunately, he got in touch with us as we had the perfect solution: the Plexiglas template routing aid (495 246). This accessory is perfectly suited for any application where you need to position the router (center or otherwise) on narrow stock. This is just one of a myriad of Festool router accessories designed specifically to make the most difficult tasks simple.