I needed to make a couple of mortises for a bench I'm building. While I
contemplated the forstner bit & chisel method, I also thought about
making a router jig. Unfortunately, having very little free time for the
shop in the past year, I didn't want to blow little bit of free time I
did have on jig building. So I decided to try out my $100 Borg PC 8529
(drive-by) and free hand the mortises as close as could and finish them
up with the chisel. This was my first time using a plunge router and I
just wanted to let anyone who may be inimidated by the idea of freehand
routing (like I was), know how easy it is. Go for it, it's a piece of
cake. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Clean too, the PC has a dust
port on it which I rigged to my shop vac and it didn't miss a speck. I
will eventually make a mortise jig, but until I do this is a fast,
clean, easy way to do mortising.
BTW, after getting to know the PC 8529, I love it. If you're in the
market for a plunge router, it's definetly worth a look.
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