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Default What's the best way to plunge my fixed router?

I figure there's 3 ways to do it, not sure what's the best though:

Hold it in the air and "drop" it straight down.

Tilt it so the base contacts the wood first, then lower it down. This will lead to non-round holes though.

Have the base resting flat on the wood then adjust the depth ring until the bit makes contact.

Or are there more ways?

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I figure there's 3 ways to do it, not sure what's the best though:

Hold it in the air and "drop" it straight down.

Tilt it so the base contacts the wood first, then lower it down. This will lead to non-round holes though.

Have the base resting flat on the wood then adjust the depth ring until the bit makes contact.

Or are there more ways?

Thanks!
Guido
Depends on what you are wanting to accomplish or what it is you are routing?

I definitely would not hold it in the air & drop it down. It might take off on you the second it makes contact with the wood. Not too accurate way of doing something.

If you want to plunge to route out a pattern then I would tilt into place then when base it flat then continue around pattern. You need a pattern bit with the cutter on bottom of bit. If you just want a hole then just use a drill bit or a forstner bit if you want a flat bottom.

You could also use a drill bit larger than your router bit. Then just drop your router in the hole & start routing. Works if using a flush trim bit or a bit that does not have a cutter surface on the bottom like a pattern bit does.

James
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Hi Guido

This is what I would suggest if you don't have a plunge router,make a horse shoe spacer block for your router base put your brass guide in place and pull the space block out so the router drops down nice and clean in the template, once the router is in the template it can't be off..the guide will do all the work for you.. that's one nice thing about having longer stems on the guides..


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I figure there's 3 ways to do it, not sure what's the best though:

Hold it in the air and "drop" it straight down.

Tilt it so the base contacts the wood first, then lower it down. This will lead to non-round holes though.

Have the base resting flat on the wood then adjust the depth ring until the bit makes contact.

Or are there more ways?

Thanks!
Guido



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