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1. DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit with LED's

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Features

  • Durable 1.25hp motor delivers the power to meet the toughest applications
  • Variable speed control feature enables bit speed to be optimized for changing applications. No Load Speed range 16,000-27,000rpm
  • Soft-starting motor features full-time electronic feedback that maintains motor speed through the cut
  • Dual LED's and clear sub-base ensure maximum visibility in operation
  • Adjustment ring enables controlled bit depth changes to within 1/64-inch (fixed base only)

DEWALT DWP611PK Compact Router - Review

2. Makita RT0701C 1-1/4 HP Compact Router

Makita RT0701C 1-1/4 HP Compact Router

$188.00
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Features

  • Variable speed control dial (10,000 - 30,000 RPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Smooth rack-and-pinion fine depth adjustment system for more precise settings
  • Slim and ergonomically designed body for increased comfort and control
  • Quick release cam lock system for easy depth adjustments and base removal/installation
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load

Makita 1-1/4 HP Compact Router Kit RT0701C

3. DEWALT DW618PK 12-AMP 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit

DEWALT DW618PK 12-AMP 2-1/4 HP Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit

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Features

  • 2-1/4 hp, 12-amp electronic variable speed motor provides the power to rout smoothly through the toughest hardwoods
  • Comes with 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch collets for improved versatility and bit retention
  • Depth adjustment ring provides precise depth adjustments in 1/64-inch increments and adjusts vertically
  • Adjustable, tool-free steel motor cam lock makes depth adjustment and base changes quick and solid-locking
  • Integral, through-the-column dust collection collects 95% of the dust and provides superior bit visibility

Unboxing the DeWalt DW618 / DW618PK

4. Bosch 12 Amp 2-1/4 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit

Bosch 12 Amp 2-1/4 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit 1617EVSPK with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets

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Features

  • POWER: Electronic variable-speed motor and fixed base wood router kit allows for soft starts and micro-fine depth adjustments
  • VERSATILE: Take care of even tough routing jobs with the powerful 2.25 HP/12 Amp motor and its versatile speed range of 8,000 to 25,000 RPM. The router table's variable speed dial allows you to set the optimal speed for the routing task and material
  • DURABILITY: Aluminum construction makes this one of our most durable routers for woodworking yet with wooden handles on a fixed base and a soft-grip handle on a plunge base
  • CONVENIENT: With the built-in Constant Response Circuitry, your hand router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get cleaner, more accurate results
  • DIMENSIONS: Collet Capacity for this woodworking router is 1/4inches, 3/8inches, 1/2 inches, 8 millimeters and 2 inch sub-base opening, base diameter is 6 inch fixed/ 6-11/16 inch plunge


Bosch 12 Amp 2 14 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit 1617EVSPK w

5. Bosch Colt Palm Grip PR20EVSK 5.6 Amp 1-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router with Edge Guide

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How to Use A Router

Charles here with comm-fab.com, and this is router 101 the basics if you’ve read my article’s before you’ll know that I use my router in almost every single project I make it’s the second most important tool in my shop next to the table saw this article is for the absolute total beginning woodworker I’ll introduce you to the router and get you up and started really quickly on the basic techniques that you’ll need to know. So what can you do with a woodworking router take a walk around your house you’ll find all sorts of things that were made using a router this clock on the wall all of this was done on the router router router router kitchen cabinets look at the doors router router my messy desk routered edges router din lay those are just the basics you could do creative carving with it you can cut multiple holes you can do joinery you can even plain wood with a router this is my main router that I use almost all the time it’s almost always mounted on my router table I’ll get into more about that in a minute most routers are going to be similar to this one now essentially all a router is just a motor that spins a bit at an extremely high speed you can get variable speed routers too and you can get routers that are way more powerful than this one and a half horsepower router this is a fixed speed router I picked this up for under $100 don’t go too crazy shopping for a router because the magic and the fun of routing is in these router bits here are some of my router bits you can buy them in sets like this one or you can buy individual router bit I just did a quick search on amazon.com and found 3540 piece sets for 40 dollars or so sure they’re not the best router bits but they get the job done whatever router bits you buy they always come with these little pictures like this that article you what that profile is going to look like so for instance on something like this I used a roundover bit such as this one and you can see that just like so I recommend getting one of those sets because it lets you try out all different kinds of router bits and you know see which ones you like you can have fun with them but really I would just guess that 80 to 90 percent of the router bits I use are these straight bits and round over bits if you’ve got some straight bits and a few round over bits you can get a lot done some router bits will have these bearings on them that just spin freely and they are used for routing along the edge of a workpiece and they’re really nice to use I use them a lot because you don’t need to set up any kind of fence other types of router bits such as straight bit or maybe Cove bits won’t have that that little bearing on there because these are intended to maybe go through the center part of a board you know to cut a groove or a dado or something in that case you would just have to set up a fence so that it can ride along smoothly well article you the main features of a router okay so this is what I call the front of the router and you’ve got a trigger right here that fires it up the bottom of your router comes with this removable base plate that you can use for you can add special attachments on it such as this for template cutting I won’t be going into template cutting in this article but you can find plenty of information on that you’ll also remove the base plate to attach your router to your router table now to change the router bits my router has this little mechanism on top that when you switch it over to like this side it locks the cullet and this is the cullet that’s what holds your bits and so when it’s in its locked position you can put a bit in there tighten this nut down and then use a wrench to even tighten it up completely then when you’re ready to rout you would put this back in the unlocked position and it’ll be able to spin freely the other thing a router will have is a way of adjusting the depth mine has this ring that you turn so by turning that ring you can read the bit here it’ll slowly come up so you can set the depth of whatever cut you’re going to make once I have my depth set I just this into place and it won’t move yeah man the router is a really loud tool when you use a router man you really need some hearing protection and you definitely need the safety glasses because that those wood chips just fly all over the place all right so I have locked in a Roman ogee bit with the bearing into my router one important thing to know about your router is that the bit spins clockwise as you’re looking down on the top of the router and the reason why that’s important is so that the router just doesn’t get away from you if the router bit is going clockwise you feed into a workpiece on the left side of the piece on the left side of the router you’ll know because the router chips will be spewing out the front and not coming at you imagine that this is a desk or a table or something that you fill and you want to treat the edges of it I’m going to use that Roman ogee bit and the router the flat part of the base will just sit down on their flat so here you can see that bearing and what I’m going to do is when I turn it on I’m gonna slowly start feeding it through the workpiece until that bearing touches the side of this wood and now that edge is treated with the Roman ogee profile so that’s basically what you need to know about hand routing keep your base plate flat against your work surface go slowly and make sure that you’re feeding from the left side of your router forward but I got to tell you for most woodworking you’re not going to use a handheld router almost everything I do in my shop on the router I use the router table so if you’re setting up a wood shop and you have bought that second most important tool for your shop the router and you’ve gotten a few straight bits and some round over bits the last thing that you must get is a router table I have a store-bought router table this is a craftsman a router table and it’s kind of nice because it has a little on/off switch there but all router tables essentially are a table with a hole in it you can pick up router tables like mine for under $100 or you can make your own take a look at this one this is one that Warren downs sent me he said he made this router table for 15 bucks in under 15 minutes and hey it works perfectly the way this works is you take your router and you mail it upside down here there’s holes in the top of the table that you can screw it into and there’s the router mounted up underneath there and I’ve got it plugged into this box and the box is plugged into the wall so I can start the router just by pushing this button and my router comes with this fence that just screws down and it slides back and forth so whatever kind of router table you get it will come with a fence and if you make one you have to have the fence my router table and most router tables will come with some sort of a miter gauge this isn’t the one that came with it because well I really never use it so I don’t even know where it is I couldn’t find it so I don’t really think you need that it also comes with this safety shield thing but again it just gets in the way I can’t see anything with it nope I always leave that up and when I put a router bit in there it comes with these little plates that hook down in there just to create a smaller hole so that your workpiece you know might not possibly fall in there my shop that just fits into the back of this fence so that when I’m routing most of the wood chips actually just get sucked right into it one of the things I don’t like about this fence is that this hole is too big so if I’m running a small piece through it can go back into that hole so what I have done is I just make this separate little additional fence and it’s just out of MDF and I just clamp it on like that all right for this demonstration what I’ve done is I’ve set up a quarter inch straight bit in my router and I’m just gonna run it through to make a groove into this piece of wood the most important thing you need to know is when you’re running wood through your router table always go from the right side of your router to the left side of your router because remember when your router is upside down the blade is spinning counterclockwise and so you want to feed into that if you fed the opposite direction it would be very easy for the wood to just fly out of there another thing to keep in mind is that you never want to cut too much at a time maybe if I want this groove to come up to the halfway mark I probably don’t want to do that all at once I’ll make one pass with this bit up you know right where it is and then I’ll just start raising it a little higher a little higher all the time keeping my board against the fence well in a cut like that can come in handy when you want to fit a panel into a groove like that say you know I want to make a box or something now I thought I would treat these edges and I’ve installed a chamfer bit and it’s just a 45-degree angle bit and I’ve pushed the fence out of the way because I don’t need the fence because this has one of those bearings so now I can just feed it through and let it ride along the bearing all right so that gives you an idea of how to use the fence and how to use a bit with a bearing to create that chamfered edge and that’s mostly what I wanted to cover as an introduction to the router obviously I have merely scratched the surface of the routers capabilities with all of the bits and techniques available the possibilities are endless definitely get yourself a book on more advanced router techniques search the internet there’s lots of info on the router but I think this article is enough to get you up to speed on using that router now if you would like to go ahead and dive into your first router project it’s a pretty cool little picture frame. Thanks for reading guys I will talk to you later

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