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This is a good idea, a couple of springs and an adjustable depth stop and it could be a stable router for delicate inlay work etc. The Dremel router is FAR from precision.
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No, the Dremel isn't as precision as it probably could be but with the right setup it can work out quite nicely. There are better accessories available than the plastic toys Dremel sells -

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I know of many luthiers who have many Dremels, and they do excellent profession guitar, banjo, and mandolin building. In the right hands, they work well.
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The Stew Mac plunge base may be better quality but it isn't cheap. https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tool...uter_Base.html
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If you have colt or similar trim router would be better.
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If you have colt or similar trim router would be better.
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I have the Dremel plunge base, and about the only good use that I've found for it is rapidly drilling through holes in scroll saw projects to feed the blade through. The Stu Mac version is much more precise, although considerably more expensive. If I had the need, I would likely try to make one similar to the one that Harry posted. Notice the wing nuts above and below on each post. This will stabilize the base at any height desired. Not as great for some uses as a plunge base, but way more accurate than the Dremel toy if you can do without the plunge option.

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Micro Fence makes what might be considered the top of the line rig for small routers and dremels. But they are VERY expensive.
https://microfence.com/

StewMac offers a couple really nice options at very reasonable prices...

I needed a good base a for routing inlay and string work, shopped around and went with the Veritas base. After a few months use
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The Stew Mac plunge base may be better quality but it isn't cheap. https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tool...uter_Base.html
For $145.00 you can make quite a few based on the one I posted.
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Micro Fence makes what might be considered the top of the line rig for small routers and dremels. But they are VERY expensive.
https://microfence.com/
And I thought Woodpecker tools were expensive.
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