> I have been looking to get my first
router. This is for occasional
> hobby use. I am thinking of getting
either 690LR, a fixed base router
> ( $84) or 693LRPK, a kit with fix and
plunge base($184). I have a
> question about the base. If I buy the
690LR fixed base router now ( to
> keep the cost down), can I buy only a
plunge base later and mount the
> motor into that?
> Initially I will not have a router
table. Is the fixed base router
> useful at all without being mounted
on a router table? Initially I
> will be doing simple dado/rabbet (
maybe dovetail if I get enough
> courage :-) or simple edging. No
I have a table. It's not a great table,
but it works. You can make an
approximation of a table with a straight
piece of wood and two clamps. That will
certainly be enough to cut dadoes and
rabbets, at least for a few cuts.
I also have a jig that I use to cut
dadoes with that's simple to build and
cheap. It's two pieces of wood, longer
than the width of board that you're
dadoing. The first piece (A) is a 1x2.
The second piece of wood (B) is wider
than the distance from the edge of your
router base to the inside edge of the
bit you're using.
Screw piece A to piece B flush on one
side. Measure from the INSIDE of piece A
across piece B til it's about 1/4" wider
than the distance from the outside of
your router base to the edge of the
router bit (mounted in the collet). Rip
along that measured line.
Then butt the router base against the
1x2 and rout the edge you've just sawed.
You now have a custom made dado jig for
that size of bit. The (routed) edge of
piece B will line up along the edge of
your marked dado.
This takes almost longer to describe
than it does to build. It's also easier
to build than describe.
When you've finished, paint it bright
yellow so you don't lose it.
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