It was definitely a weekend revolving around the new tool (understandably), from the pickup/delivery organising on Friday, the assembly (and getting it into the shed) Saturday, and commissioning it with some real tasks on Sunday.
If you were wondering how I was going to fit a 2.5m x 1m tool in my workshop, well, you were not the only one! With a large pry bar! Archimedes once remarked (paraphrasing) that with a firm place to stand he could move the Earth (with a long-enough lever that is).
Clearing space was a combination of moving the jointer to where the router table was, removing the corner bench and in future the sanders will (potentially) be on roll-outs from under the Torque, and the router table met an untimely end, with the top being amalgamated with the TWC. A hole was born.
I did try the TWC along the back wall, but lost too much access around the unit. The MDF top has yet to be added – will do so some time this week.
That 1300mm arm is huge – I’m going to fit the 600mm (or 900mm) arms for the majority of the jobs, and the 1300 will get used only when I need that much extension. For some workshops it probably would remain, but that is the one compromise on space I will have to make. Sure looks nice here (by the end of the weekend it sure ended up rather dusty!)
Here I have added the router table (with Incra Positioner/Fence) to the end where there is some dead space (because of the way the tools are carried on the left side of the arm), so this really utilises that area. I’ve moved the bandsaw further back so I have adequate access to the router table, and it isn’t hard to swing the entire unit out from the wall if I need more in-feed area. Since this photo, I have also replaced the first module of the top with a plain cast-iron wing – it won’t be a two-router table now (well it is, but one is overhead), and I’ve shortened the cast iron top to 3 wings from the original 5. The MDF of the rest of the bed will be at the same height, so there is no shortage of area for the positioner now! At 2.5m long, this may be the largest router table in the world!
The clamp wall was a problem, both getting access to the clamps, and also having them interfere with the X axis of the TWC, so they have been moved to the roof. If the clamps are any good, then it won’t be a problem where they are! Added benefit – partway through a clamp-up, if I need another I just reach up!
One minor glitch I had (and it will be rectified by the end of the week), is the router mount had support posts for a Makita (I think), and not the Triton – the Triton needs both a larger diameter and a longer post. Converting the Triton to fit the table took a few seconds, as did reverting it back to standard operation. I was surprised just how easy it was – a single circlip. So that I could make use of the router before the parts arrive, I added the old Triton quick-release plate from the original Triton router table. The setup is rather flimsy like this, but it got the job done.
First job was the oven doors for the kid’s kitchen – setting the stops for the size of the opening, then routing it out. I also used the same method for cutting hinge mortises.
The second job was creating the shelf in the oven. Rather than just a plain shelf, I didn’t want the inside of the oven to look like a cupboard, so I cut parallel slots through using a 1/2″ straight router bit, and moved the whole setup 30mm for each pass. Again, something that could have been done other ways, but this was a very simple (and accurate) method. It’s like using a machine with a built-in, adjustable jig.
So that was all I had time for in the end, but already it has been demonstrating for me just how functional the concept is.