Find out what a plunge router can do for you in this excerpt taken from Choosing a Router. You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Routers and Router Tables . Plunge Routers Go Where No Other Router Can The plunge router deserves a place in every shop. Routing chores, such as mortising, stopped dados and inlay pattern work, are safer and easier to perform using a plunge router. Its unique base allows the motor housing to ride up and down on a pair of posts fixed to the base. The plunge mechanism is spring-loaded so the motor housing always wants to spring up to the site internet top of the posts. A lock/release lever allows free up-and-down movement of the router housing or locks it in place at a given depth. The depth of cut can be preset, allowing you to position the router over the work and plunge the bit to an exact depth.
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Using the Dremel Shaper/Router Table and Conclusion | bit-tech.net
The proximity of the rotary tool makes things even more tricky, but thankfully, once your tool is in place and youre used to the location of the paraphernalia on the underside, changing bits and calibrating the cut depth can be done by touch-feel alone, resulting less neck-ache. Click to enlarge As well as cut depth, youre able to adjust the angle of the guide bar and protective shield to your requirements, depending on the finish youre trying to achieve or the depth of material youre dealing with. The main limitation of the table is its size, which will limit the length of materials you can easily pass by/over the cutting/sanding bit. Click to enlarge Using sanding bands proved to be a doddle and we were able to achieve smooth curves on the corners of acrylic sheet much easier than with a rotary tool alone or with the Dremel Workstation.
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7 New Workshop router table Routers: Comparison Test and Buyer’s Guide – Popular Mechanics
If you want one tool for everything, a plunge router is the choice. But more and more people want both–in part because the fixed-base model can take on stationary work when mounted upside down in a router table, while the other is available for handheld jobs. But who wants to buy two tools that are so similar?
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