Reviewing: Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table

Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table

Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table
Includes Shaper / Router , Instruction Sheet Gain the flexibility and precision you need to shape, detail, and sand a variety of soft and hard woods with the 231 Table. Ideal for those who use their Dremel corded rotary tool to help complete crafts, hobbies, and light-duty renovation projects, the 231 features an adjustable fence to tackle everything from making notches and grooves in a wooden frame to constructing an architectural model. For added convenience, it fits Dremel rotary tool models 400, 398, 395, 300, 285, 275, 200, and 100 (tool not included). .caption {font-family: Verdana, Helvetica neue, Arial, serif;font-size: 10px;font-weight: bold;font-style: italic;}ul.indent {list-style: inside disc;text-indent: 20px;}img.withlink {border:1px black solid;}a.nodecoration {text-decoration: none}

  • Convert your DREMEL corded rotary tool into a bench mounted wood shaper
  • Features an adjustable fence and a large 8- by 6-inch work table
  • Slot, groove, sand and trim edges
  • MultiPro tool not included
  • For use with rotary tool models 275, 285, 395 and 398

List Price: $ 48.85

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    • L. F. Smith
    • June 16, 2013
    173 of 178 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A nice accessory– with limitations, February 6, 2007
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    This review is from: Dremel 231 Shaper/Router Table (Tools & Home Improvement)

    This is a valuable accessory for your Dremel tool, but it does have some limitations you need to recognize and live within.

    It’s good at cutting dadoes and doing edging, but not in hard woods. Rotary tools work at high speed, but with low torque. They just cannot churn their way through something like oak. Even with soft woods, it’s best to make deep cuts in several shallow passes.

    Deep cuts will generate considerable sawdust, which falls down into the tool. I can see that this could damage the tool over time. I deal with this issue by using my regular router for extensive dust-generating work. Again, you need to live within the limitations of your tool.

    As with all rotary tool operations, sharp bits are essential. The high-speed, low-torque operation means that they, in effect, shave material away, much like a dentist’s drill. If you try to just grind away, the tool will bog down and/or the bits will dull quickly. Unfortunately, the best Dremel brand router bits are VERY expensive. Cheap Brand-X bits work OK, but they wear out quickly. Dremel-brand bits last longer, but they’re much more expensive. There’s a line somewhere, and you’ll have to judge for yourself where it is.

    The router table itself is solid, well-designed, and easy to use. It seems to work best if you screw it to a piece of wood or MDF, then clamp that to your workbench or sawhorse.

    To me, this accessory is worth the cost, but it does have limitations that you need to consider. I’m glad I bought it, and I’d do it again.

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    • James Wills
    • June 16, 2013
    67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dremel Mini router table acessory, December 16, 2000
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    I have been using this for quite a while, and at times, it is a lot easier to use this, to dadoes for small items on soft wood like boxes. I used it to make some boxes out of pire and I used it to do edge work and make dadoes. This is my coolest acessory for the dremel with my wood bit set.

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    • Jack (NMI) Stecker
    • June 17, 2013
    66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t buy this. It is not up to the usual Dremel tool quality, December 3, 2006
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    It’s good for edging and such. But it is no good for cutting groves or if you want to square up a piece to trim an edge. The dremel tool mount flexes too much and you end up with a really sloppy cut. Use the router attachment and make your own table. Do not buy this. Shame on you Dremel. I’ve seen better tools from Playschool.

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    • powerhousephg
    • June 17, 2013

    this isnt really a multi-tool

    • Bruce Jones
    • June 17, 2013

    Have been using this Makita multi tool for a year and find it has good run time and performs as well as my corded bosch muti tool, use it almost daily on site and for the money its an absolute bargain.
    3ah battery good enough on the multi tool, but not enough for the circular saw, that needs 4ah +, When are Makita going to catch up and produce 4 or 5ah batteries..

    • AndreasC81
    • June 17, 2013

    And it doesn’t have to be made in Germany just because it says so on the tool. It may be engineered in Germany but manufactured elsewhere to keep the cost down. A lot of companies does that. The engineer the Products and let others manufacture it. The quality is the same no matter where it’s being made. On the other hand, China makes a lot of no name shit that’s being sold on the market but that is a whole different matter. We’re not talking about branded stuff in that case.

    • AndreasC81
    • June 17, 2013

    If you where right in your opinions that anything made in China is nothing but shit, almost Everything in the world would be shit as almost Everything manufactured in the world today is actually being so in China. But I guess your a fanatic, believing that anything not made in Germany has to be shit. Well, welcome to reality.

    • AndreasC81
    • June 17, 2013

    In my opinion, Bosch tools are not professional tools. That’s probably why not many tradesmen use them. Makita though, is being used all over the world. In my world, Makita tools are the best choice for any professional use, with tools that are aoutperforming Boschs equivalents on virtually every point. Bosch tools are for DIY’ers at best.

    • AndreasC81
    • June 17, 2013

    Another fact is that just because something’s made in China, it doesn’t make it shit. China manufacture a lot of shit, yes, but they also manufacture a lot of top quality stuff. Regarding Makita, the quality is the same no matter where it’s being manufactured and that’s because Makita’s high quality demands. They control the manufacturing process you know.

    Use whatever you want but don’t lie. Nothing wrong with Bosch but FACT IS that Makita is just as good, in my opinion a lot better than Bosch

    • AndreasC81
    • June 17, 2013

    jaffar gamerr: Well, if you’re going to bash anything, at least you can keep it objective and true? Nothing you say can be further from the truth than what you say here. Makita is shit huh? Yes, they make some of their tools in China but that can be said about almost every brand in the world nowadays so that’s not unique to Makita. If you didn’t know, Dolmar is now owned by Makita. And fact is that Makita manufactue their Tools all over the World, not only in China.

    • MrThefugitive
    • June 17, 2013

    Not many TRADSEMEN use Bosch tools…..
    Just sayin.

    • jaffar gamerr
    • June 17, 2013

    Alan Holtham You the bosch man what are you doing with Makita multi tools
    Makita is shit & its Made in china but the bosch is Made in Germany & it has motor protection that stop the motor not like the Makita it doesn’t have the motor protection it will Smoke
    Bosch invited for life

    • KungFuMaintenance
    • June 17, 2013

    Excellent video for an excellent tool. I want one! Lol. Those look fun to use. I like that it oscillates rather than spins. The cordless 18v is going to the front of my wish list. Great job Alan Holtham!

    • wafrederick
    • June 17, 2013

    Fein Multimaster is the king of the multi tools,longest cord and the most power.Put that Makita against the Fein changing attachments,the Fein Multimaster wins hands down.Fein Uses a lever you flip changing attachments instead of the allen wrench.

    • Michael Tricker
    • June 17, 2013

    The truth is that any multi tool never does a single job well. If you doubt it for a moment, go see Alans Bosch sponsored vids;}

    • mrchrisdion
    • June 17, 2013

    Hi what is the part number for the dust extraction unit

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