Frustrations with trying to do it right
I've gotten a lot of great advise, mostly on this forum, to get started using guide bushings. New to routing, I did a fair amount of work with a table and new Triton TRA001 since last March. Decided to use an old PC 6931 I bought at an auction for template work.
I have been only buying 1/2" bits to slowly replace my 1/4" Ryobi starter set, believing "the quality of your work is only as good as your tools" I'm 3hr drive from my nearest WoodCraft, but made the trip Fri to get a base plate, and see if I can get what I need to convert 6931 to 1/2".
Q1: For making trays from 3/4" - 1 1/2" boards (oak, maple, walnut) is it best to use 1/2" bits, or are 1/4" sturdy enough? I found that they have a 1/2" collet to fit the 6931, only to get home and find that they sold me only the collet, not the part that I need to replace on the shaft.
Also, learned that Centering the base plate is critical, so planned to get the base plate with centering pin, then saw that the pin is 1/4". Decided to just get a PC base plate to hold the bushings, and make a 1/2" centering pin on my lathe (wood). Makes me think that 1/2" bits might be overkill, since all I've found there and on line is centering pins for 1/4"
Now the "am I nuts?" question. I was happy to see that the PC base plate had screw holes with squared off shoulders to use pan head screws, thus allowing slight movement for adjusting before tightening. However the package contained mounting screws that are flat head, not even the right kind if the plate didn't need adjustment. The plate is not an off brand, it's Porter Cable! PC is the industry leader? Am I nuts?