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Using a plunge router, I follow these directions. Its really straight forward and makes perfect sense to VERY easily set the proper depth (i use drill bits... so easy).

What would a similar process be for a fixed base router? I've always had to have a scrap piece around to test cut, measure (so on and so forth)... There has to be a more reliable way that im just not seeing...

Reason I'm asking is my father (whom I'm going to see this weekend) only has a fixed base router at his house and would like some help making a few things. Just looking for a fast more reliable method

Someone shed some light on this apparently not thinking straight beginner...
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Using a plunge router, I follow these directions. Its really straight forward and makes perfect sense to VERY easily set the proper depth (i use drill bits... so easy).

What would a similar process be for a fixed base router? I've always had to have a scrap piece around to test cut, measure (so on and so forth)... There has to be a more reliable way that im just not seeing...

Reason I'm asking is my father (whom I'm going to see this weekend) only has a fixed base router at his house and would like some help making a few things. Just looking for a fast more reliable method

Someone shed some light on this apparently not thinking straight beginner...
Hi Paul. For my fixed bases I just sit the thing upside down on the bench, put a drill bit or bar stock next to the bit and adjust till they're flush and lock it down.

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I use a set of brass bars from Whiteside for many of my setups,they come as a set in 1/8th
increments, they come in handy for setting tablesaw depth as well.All of the woodworking stores carry these,cost us about 10 bucks.
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If you are going over to help can you just take your router if it is easier for you to set up?

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Hi Paul

They sale a tool just for that type of setup, you can wire tie it to the router plug cord so you always have it at hand when needed..Plus a good way to make sure you pull the plug when you are working on the bits...I also wire tie the router nut, that I'm not using at the time to the end of the power cord..


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@bobj
thanks for the link. I will have to pick one up as this is definitely a very easy method


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not @ home is the issue... multi-stop trip with his request happening after i left home :/

The problem I have with using either brass bars or drill bits is that you still have to eye it up. I guess i'll have to get a small 'level' so that I can level the router bit tip and measuring tool (either be it bars or drill bits) off of the router base. That will give repeatable results. I guess i'm just being picky, I like methods where you don't have to do any real double checking and its just second hand nature... Got to that point w/ my plunge very quickly even in just one project...


Thanks for your guys info
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You're Welcome Paul ,it's not the best but it works ,the KISS way and it gets the new user in the habit of pulling the plug every time.

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thanks for the link. I will have to pick one up as this is definitely a very easy method


@jlord
not @ home is the issue... multi-stop trip with his request happening after i left home :/

The problem I have with using either brass bars or drill bits is that you still have to eye it up. I guess i'll have to get a small 'level' so that I can level the router bit tip and measuring tool (either be it bars or drill bits) off of the router base. That will give repeatable results. I guess i'm just being picky, I like methods where you don't have to do any real double checking and its just second hand nature... Got to that point w/ my plunge very quickly even in just one project...


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Great *Safety* tip as well as being practical, BJ!!!

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Hi Paul

They sale a tool just for that type of setup, you can wire tie it to the router plug cord so you always have it at hand when needed..Plus a good way to make sure you pull the plug when you are working on the bits...I also wire tie the router nut, that I'm not using at the time to the end of the power cord..


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Thanks Jim


Most forget the Golden rule " be safe 1st." than do it the KISS way..

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They sale a tool just for that type of setup, you can wire tie it to the router plug cord so you always have it at hand when needed.
Except when you're using the handles in plunge or edge treatment mode then the gauge always catches on the edge of the work or somewhere else that is extremely inconvenient. It's bad enough that the cord gets caught, it's worse when there's something tied onto the cord. If you're using the router freehand or with the handles and an edge bearing, you might consider a plug in the ceiling and some sort of suspension to help cord management when doing critical cuts. I use a bungie cord when necessary. If you do a lot of large size hand work, the bungie cord sliding on a metal clothesline works a treat.

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