Looks like a nice router But you may not want to mount it in a router table..
This is why... it looks like it can only take on 1/4" shank bits,,,they don't make to many bit bits for the small routers,,,, that said it will work but it will take a bit of rework on your part,, the 1st.thing I would do is open the handle up and by pass the red button switch, you can always rap it with some black elec.tape to hold it in..but do it right from the get go...
Once you get that error fixed I would send off for a speed control device like the link below, it comes with a off and on switch and a VS control so you can slow the router speed down...that will let you make many passes without heating the bit up and the motor up...plus you can turn the router on or off without putting your hands under the table....
Then we come to changing the bit,, the router you have it's hard to switch the bits when it's mounted to the router table..
ROUTER SPEED CONTROL http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43060
BUT you would be best off and set the new router to one side and use it for hand router jobs and pickup a router combo set from Sears for 109.oo dollars that will do all you want and more....it's 2 1/4HP and it can take on 1/4" and 1/2" shank bits, and it comes with a VS built in...
I also see you ask about making picture frames , I will jump on that one after this one...
Originally Posted by artframer
Hi guys, total newb and idiot here, be gentle.
I want to make simple frames for modern pictures, just with a rabbet cut into a plain piece of 1x2" or similar to accommodate glass, artwork, matt and backing. See roughly representative drawing below (ignore measurements):
I thought a router mounted to a router table would be the way to go, so I bought a plunge router via the Internet, like an idiot, one that requires you to press a button and pull a switch simultaneously to make it go. No way you can stick that under a table and make it work, right?
Well, can't send it back so now I'm trying to get some hints as to a simple jig I could build to get the job done. This router is only 1100w (1.5HP), so I guess I'd have to rout the rabbet in stages to avoid overheating.
This must be a simple task, but I'm not an experienced router-person and would like some directions. Anyone?