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I have a bunch of wood that I have glued together to make body blanks for electric guitars. I think I have something like 13 right now. What my question is, for the route for pickups and neck etc, how do you determine what HP rating you need to do the routing ? Seems like there is a distinct trade off between power and weight. So is a trim router like the Bosch Colt big enough since I am not planning on doing steady production ?


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how much cutting/material removing are you doing???
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A little router would work fine for the pickup pockets, depending on how much you want to hog away for the neck you might have to take a lot of light passes or use a 1 1/2 HP router.

Mike W. is your man for this question:

http://www.routerforums.com/members/...ate-25838.html

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A little router would work fine for the pickup pockets, depending on how much you want to hog away for the neck you might have to take a lot of light passes or use a 1 1/2 HP router.
Yep, I've got some leetle bitty horsepower Craftsman routers. I would have no qualms at all about routing like that with one. Of course, I would be making a whole LOT of very light passes while doing it too.
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Gary...those little trim routers have some beef...1 1/4 - 1 1/2...I would not worry about it with the right bit.

It's more a matter of comfort than anything else...remember, routers of early days did not have even as much as the Colt...

More the issue might be whether you need a plunge router...
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There is a trade off between power and weight alright. Small routers will do many of the same jobs as larger ones but as mentioned depth of cut per pass and number of passes as well as feed speed enter into it. I agree with Nick that a plunge for doing pockets is a must. Any time the cut doesn't start at an edge the router should be plunged into the cut for safety and accuracy.
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how much cutting/material removing are you doing???
The pickups are approx 3/4" , I believe the control cavity is approx 1.5" The neck might be 3/4 or so. I know that I would have to make multiple passes.


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Yeah, I was thinking this might be the right time to get my first plunge router :-) Anyway, a good reason ( excuse ) to the buget committee.


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Thank you for the info....time to do some shopping.


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I suggest you use RF as part of the justification to the budget committee. Y'know...peer pressure and all that stuff...
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