Ben Riddering Routers

Ben Riddering Design & Woodcraft

My journey to become a serious woodworker began with a six-month stint in Moscow, Russia, helping to rebuild an orphanage. Aside from learning the basics of the craft from Kim Whitten, a seasoned architectural woodworking professional, I also learned how to do more with less. That lesson was further honed when I worked with furniture maker John Brigham who uses reclaimed materials to craft his furniture. When I opened my own shop in Arroyo Grande, California, my path was set.

While some might assume that using coarse materials would necessitate equally unrefined joinery, nothing could be further from the truth. I always strive to produce the highest quality work. Achieving refined results from wild wood requires patience, skill and tools that are up to the task — three things that I am slowly acquiring. After experimenting with different tools and techniques, I discovered the Festool TS 75 Track Saw and found that when used with its innovative track system, it delivered the precise results I needed. The system also provides the flexibility (and elbow room) I need to cut large and irregular-size workpieces in my small workshop. Recently, I worked on a "waterfall" countertop that would have been exceptionally challenging to make using a table saw, but the TS 75 and its track were ideal for the job. The texture of the wood didn't faze the saw and track at all.

As a pragmatic, results-driven woodworker I'm willing to try anything that will help me realize my vision, but I was initially somewhat skeptical that the TS 75 was worth the price. However, it didn't take long for me to appreciate how the saw's precision, durability, quality of cut and easy setup improved my efficiency and work quality. I've since acquired several other Festool products, such as the Domino XL Joiner, 1400 EQ Plunge Router and MFT/3 Work Table. A big plus for me is that all of the tools work together as a system, so I'm able to achieve quick, consistent and repeatable results. As I continue to build with reclaimed materials and refine the distinctive look of my work, I'm confident that Festool will remain key to the success in my shop.

Ben Riddering

Ben Riddering

Ben Riddering Design & Woodcraft

I'm a firm believer that there's nothing second rate about recycling and repurposing wood. For me, old wood's patina exudes character and tells a story that provides my work with a unique aesthetic quality.

Since starting my company, Ben Riddering Design & Woodcraft, I've been using old wood, from barn boards to wine barrels, to create what I call modern-rustic style furniture, cabinets and doors. The material is green, sustainable and each board is uniquely beautiful. Acquiring the seasoned old wood and other reclaimed material is a challenge and an ongoing adventure.

Festool Woodworking Routers

MFK Trim Router

  • Modular base design
  • 1/256" depth adj.
  • 1.5° bevel for trim
  • Virtually dust-free*
  • ~1 HP motor
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OF 1010

  • Up to 1-3/4" dia. bits
  • 2-3/16" plunge depth
  • Virtually dust-free*
  • 1/4", 8 mm bits
  • 1-1/3 HP motor
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OF 1400

  • Up to 2-1/4" dia. bits
  • 2-3/4" plunge depth
  • Virtually dust-free*
  • 1/4", 8mm, 1/2" bits
  • 1-3/4 HP motor
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OF 2200

  • Up to 3-3/8" dia. bits
  • 3-5/32" plunge depth
  • Virtually dust-free*
  • 1/4", 8mm, 1/2" bits
  • ~3 HP motor
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Guide Rail Tracks

* When used in conjunction with a Festool CT Dust Extractor. Bit diameters listed may require additional collets, sold separately. Check the router's specifications to view which collet(s) and accessories are included.