Hi there. That's my first post here and accept my apologies if that has been answered before, but I couldn't find the answers to my questions.
First thing first I have zero experience in any sort of woodworking. But I' pretty advanced in watching almost every Youtube video on the topic
Now, I'm planning as a hobby to make a couple of electric bass guitars for my personal use and for fun. I can imagine I will need the router for 4 tasks only. It will hardly be used for anything else.
1. Cutting the body contours with a template (firstly roughly cutting it with a jigsaw)
2. Create the bevelled edges
3. Cut the pickups and neck cavities (I reckon a plunge router is a must here?)
4. Use it on a router sled to flatten the slabs of wood I'm gonna use for the body.
The first type of wood I have in mind is Swamp Kauri (~30 000 years old). According to the guy that sold the wood, it is not a very hardwood and is easy to work with. As that's a bit rarer and expensive wood I may first try with something cheaper to master my skills a bit
So my questions are. Should I go after a 1/2" model or 1/4" will suffice? Is it a good idea to use a plunge router on a router sled?
Again, that's just a hobby and I'm trying to minimise the costs as much as possible, so I'm looking at the lower price end. I have a couple of models in mind, but I can't post links here still. They are the cheapest Ryoby 1/2" model (Ryobi 1600W Plunge Router) and the cheapest B&D and Bosh 1/4" models (Black+Decker Router 1200 Watt and Bosch 1200 Watt Router 1200 Watt Green).
Any other recommendations? Am I missing anything I should ask/concider?