Greg, the more you use that router the more you will probably wonder how yo
u did without it. For me, it is really hard to beat as an edging tool. I
bought this one about 15 years ago when trimming out a fine old ranch style
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They had removed every piece of trim in the house, and I replaced every pie
ce with nicer moldings and custom combinations. To do the window stools, t
hey wanted a nice round over that didn't look like factory, but more like i
t was made for the window itself. The client found what I wanted, which wa
s 3/4"X6" fine grained MDF in 14' lengths. I eased over an edge with a 1/2
" bead bit raised high enough to not cut the bottom indenture. The custom l
ook came when I returned the half bead to the wall.
I had a few hundred feet of this to do, and that D handle configuration mad
e it a snap. No need to stand right in front of the material as you do wit
h a "mickey mouse ears" router as you can easily hold it in a more controll
able grip from a more natural angle.
Since then I have literally edged a few thousand feet of trim with that rou
ter and reach for it over my others when I feel it is the best choice. It
doesn't do formica edging as well as a small trim router, doesn't plunge li
ke a plunger (in fact, doesn't truly plunge at all!). It is more awkward t
o use if you need to get down in front of it to see exactly what you are cu
tting as in cutting a hinge mortise. Then the Mickey Mouse ears work best
as you can get right in front of the work.
For everything else, this is my go to guy. I have made window stool, custom
base moldings for "one off" rooms, and door and window trims. When MLCS w
as just getting going strong, they had a router bit combo on sale that was
cheap enough to buy to try out making my own patterns for fun. Turns out t
he MLCS bits they are a helluva bang for the buck, and made me some good mo
ney mimicking some of the patterns folks saw.
You will like that router!