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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-10-2020, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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hello Nick and welcome to the forums...

go for....

the ½'' model as it will take the ¼'' shanks also...
the ¼'' model won't take ½'' bits...

yes on the plunge for the ski..

for a router that does it all, well, would be a dual base....
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Hey, Nick; welcome! Just a suggestion, but you might want to do some skill building projects before doing the guitars. Maybe make some small boxes or/and a breadboard or three?
Lots of YouTube vids on those items.
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Thanks, guys!
The combo router looks great, but it's above the budget. Moreover, I'm limited in my choice to what's available here in New Zealand, which is usually not much
And yes, I'm definitely starting practising on something else, rather than the actual guitar.
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How thick is the guitar body? A 1/4" router wont cut much more than an inch thick.
A 1/2" router can cut almost 2"
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How thick is the guitar body? A 1/4" router wont cut much more than an inch thick.
A 1/2" router can cut almost 2"
Just measured my guitar. 43 mm (~1.7"). That's the total thickness and the router will be used to trim the body around a template. I will first cut the body 1-3 mm bigger than the template with a jigsaw, so there's not gonna be a lot of material to be removed. The cavities are about half that deep: ~20 mm (0.8"), but probably less. The biggest cavity is the neck pocket: 2.5" x 3.875" x 0.625" deep. What I have seen on various forums and Youtubes is that majority of people use drill press + forstner bit for the cavities to remove the bulk of the material first.

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Remember to add the thickness of the template to the depth of the body.
You need a 1/2" router to do all that you say.
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Welcome to the forum Nick. Good advice above and yes, I'd go with the 1/2" as it should also come with a 1/4" collet as well.
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I would go with a used 1/2" from eBay or Craigslist (if you have Craigslist) and I would find a cabinet shop or someone that has a thickness planer or a good bandsaw to get the wood down to where you need it. It doesn't sound like the kind of wood that you want to be using something as crude as a router on. If you were doing a huge slab then the sled idea would be fine. It would be fine because there really isn't any practice way ( for a hobbyist) of flattening a huge board. I'm sure that you want the best job that you can do and to get it you really shouldn't depend on a router to do the complete job.
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