Hello, i'm new to this group and am seeking advice from experienced
woodworkers on which router i should buy. I am new to woodworking and
plan to make it my career. I intend to start out with making furniture
and progress to anything go's. I want to buy a router only once and so
cost is relativly unimportant. I want a router which:
can be attached to a router table
can be attached to a radial arm saw when i can afford one
can be detached from its base and used for carving
is a reputable brand name
has a massive range of added extras, templates, guides etc
is not too heavy
has fine adjustment fence
has quick set multiple depth stop screws for cutting in stages
can be serviced
I am unsure if i should buy a industrial 6kg router because i am
concerned that this is too heavy for furniture making....any
experiences? can i get away with a heavy (6kg) router when making
furniture??? or is this a definate no no?.
many thanks if anyone can advise....
With the above questions, you are NOT ready to decide on "1" router yet.
You may as well have announced to a medical group that you are new to
medicine and want to do Brain Surgery for a living. You only want to buy a
scalpel "1" time, which one do you buy.
Basically, you and most experienced wood workers that do this for a living
have no idea if the possibility of only buying 1 router and have it do what
you want it to do for here on out, is even possible.
Ain't it the truth!
I was on a construction site the other day and one of the finish carpenters
had three routers plugged in a ready to run. Each one had a different cutter
in it so when he needed a different cutter, he just switched routers!
I guess if I were to limit myself to one router it would be a Porter Cable
690 series, probably one with the plunge and standard base. Maybe opt up to
the 890 series for the variable speed.
We have three - not sure you could be qualified as a woodworker if you
have less. As it is not sure that we even qualify.
Let's see ...
The old Black and Decker (single speed .. i.e. tooooo fasssstt)
The King 8367 (3 1/4 horse variable speed -- our newest)
The King Rotary Tool dressed up in its Dremel "mini plunge router"
housing. (in "Dremel Drag" as it were)
All have different uses - the big King (M12V knock off) now gets most of
For Carving? The Rotary tool -- not in drag.
Not sure you can get along with less -- unless you are going to restrict
your self to "large" furniture pieces and cabinetry. Wouldn't want to do
that -- would you?
Not sure why you would want to attach it to a radial arm saw -- except
to carve a piece while working the blade back and forth... nack and
Nice troll though LOL
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