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Default How realistic is it to use a fixed-base router to do wood cutting?

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I no longer have my table saw, nor my jigsaw- and have never owned a circular saw, let alone a band or mitre saw. All I have now is a 1 1/2 horse fixed-base router (w/ router table). Using a 1/4" up-spiral bit- is it realistic to think I am going to be able to cut plywood to say- make an entire bookshelf? Would I be better off just going and buying a circular saw for $75?

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Hi Scott

You need to cut the stock up b/4 you can use a router on it the norm..


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I no longer have my table saw, nor my jigsaw- and have never owned a circular saw, let alone a band or mitre saw. All I have now is a 1 1/2 horse fixed-base router (w/ router table). Using a 1/4" up-spiral bit- is it realistic to think I am going to be able to cut plywood to say- make an entire bookshelf? Would I be better off just going and buying a circular saw for $75?

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You'll need a pretty big router table to run sheets of plywood thru. You could ask the guys at the lumber yard to rip it up for you before you take it home, this may cost you a few bucks, but if money is tight right now its the cheaper way to go. I would always recommend you buy the most expensive tool you can afford, and that's not some stupid joke... Get the best of what you want and you won't spend too much time wishing you had bought a quality tool, a $125 saw really is better than a $75 saw, that's just the way it is. If you make it your priority when you start, you'll still have some nice tools 10, 20, 30 yrs. down the road.
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Home Depot will often cut the wood free. Or at least that has been my experience since about 2-3 years after the stores started appearing in the twin cities area.

I would recommend some sort of saw to cut things at home. I have cut plywood using my rotozip and one of the 1/8" rotary "saw" bits they sell for it (or the dremel, used it to cut it too), but I much preferred waiting until my Wife would get home and ask Her to use the circular saw to cut it up if it was more than a little bit.
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You would be better off buying a cheap circular saw and use a couple of saw horses to cut up the plywood for your bookshelf project. You do not have to have a fancy expensive saw to do nice work. I have built many a tabe for the kitchen and cabinets for my garage using nothing more than a circular saw and a hand held jigsaw. Just takes more time make sure you cut straight.
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Get yourself a circular saw and a straight edge at the very least.
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There are quite a few "plunge" saws on the market that run on tracks, these tracks can be used in turn to guide routers for many operations. In your case, dados to accept shelves would be perfect.

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All the plunge saws that run on tracks that I could find were expensive...At least that is what I remember from looking 5 years ago. We just got an 8' straight edge instead that the circular saw can ride against and got so we knew the distance it had to be clamped from the cut line.

If I was doing it now I would use a couple of pieces of scrap and create a guide for it that had the circular saw actually cut the edge of it. I know I have seen plans for it at least 10 times on various wood working sites but right now the word for it is just not in my mind. I know some people do one side for the circular saw and the other side of it for the router.

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All the plunge saws that run on tracks that I could find were expensive...At least that is what I remember from looking 5 years ago. We just got an 8' straight edge instead that the circular saw can ride against and got so we knew the distance it had to be clamped from the cut line.

If I was doing it now I would use a couple of pieces of scrap and create a guide for it that had the circular saw actually cut the edge of it. I know I have seen plans for it at least 10 times on various wood working sites but right now the word for it is just not in my mind. I know some people do one side for the circular saw and the other side of it for the router.

Hopefully some one can rescue me from the land of lost words here and even post a link to an example.
I've got a Bosch PK5 66 mounted on a board that clips to one of the clamping bars that lots of people sell under different names. It works very well. As I cut the blade slot in it after I'd mounted it, it also gives me zero clearance which is useful for veneered stuff.
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However, mostly I just give my local guy a cutting list and they cut it to size, most neatly, on their CNC saw set up. It's effectively free because the small amount they charge is offset by having it all small enough to drive away with.
It's either buy full sheet and pay them to deliver and I've still got to cut it, or pay a modest fee and it's all cut up and will go in the Santa Fe, so no delivery charge.
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