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Hello everyone I've been browsing your forum for the past few days and decided to finally join. Im pretty new into woodworking and don't know very much at all about it but interested in learning since I enjoy building stuff in my spare time. I have a couple routers that I think I may have used them maybe 4 times within a year lol I haven't done much with them a couple table tops and a bathroom vanity top for my mother in law nothing like some of the projects on here lol . The first router I bought was dewalt dwp611 compact router and then later browsing estate sales I found a bosch 1617 fixed base and plunge base in the case pretty new looking but not the variable speed model for pretty cheap . I don't have a table yet but I plan on building one before to long. I tried using the little compact one a few times but it was kinda awkward to hold onto when doing a table edge kept trying to roll over and tilt so I bought the milesceaft router combo pack and mounted the dewalt to it it seems easier to hold onto with the wider base on it.
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Hey, Jason; welcome!
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Hi Jason, welcome to the forum. If you plan on using bits that are larger than about 1.5" you will want to slow the 1617 down. You can buy external speed control boxes for that and they aren't that expensive.
All routers tend to be tippy when routing edges and the larger the bit the worse it gets. I often leave my router attached to my table insert for that.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi Jason, welcome to the forum. If you plan on using bits that are larger than about 1.5" you will want to slow the 1617 down. You can buy external speed control boxes for that and they aren't that expensive.
All routers tend to be tippy when routing edges and the larger the bit the worse it gets. I often leave my router attached to my table insert for that.
Thanks I was wondering if it would spin to fast for larger bits and burn them or the work. I have 2 speed controllers that I bought a while back for a lathe I was making not sure if they work on the router I've never tried them on it to see, but I don't see why not. they work on a couple of old 2hp and 3.5hp capacitor start motors I have.
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I didn't think they were supposed to work on capacitor start motors. They are recommended for universal type motors like drills and routers as long as you do not have soft start or an existing speed control circuit. I have heard of some members wiring across a burned out speed control circuit and using one of the boxes. MLCS sells them and you can look at the specs for them on their site.
Some of the better bits I have came with a speed chart for bit diameter and you could probably find it in a forum search too, I remember seeing it posted once or twice in the last year or so. If you're having trouble with burning on your cuts, sometimes it helps to slow down then too.

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