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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a newbie to the forum. Need some advice for a raised panel wainescoting project. I have an old black and decker 1.25 HP router and I'm trying to figure out it's powerfull enough for routing MDF on the raised panel edge. Should I bother to spend money on a 1/4" panel bit? Or bite the bullet and get a more powerful router and a 1/2" bit?

I was planning on doing the rails and stiles out of 11/16 MDF. And the panels out of 3/4" MDF. Need to make about 20 panels.

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Hi Brian

The router you have will do the job BUT it's like using a tack hammer to drive a 16p nail in place so to say it's best to get a router that can do the job easy,you can get one for 100.oo dollars or less...

Here's one of many for that price
Craftsman 2-hp Fixed/Plunge Router : Power Up With Deals at Sears

http://www.sears.com/search=craftsma...e=CAT_REC_PRED


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I don't think that you will be able find a 1/4" panel bit. Panel bits are large and require a lot of hp. If you are doing straight raised panels then you could do them on the table saw. I think however that you will have the same problem withe the rail and stile bits set so your small router needs to be upgraded. The rail and style is the hardest part because once you change the set up it is difficult to get back to the exact profile as before. When making them be sure to make extra or better yet borrow another router and have two set up so that you don't have to change things.
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I don't think that you will be able find a 1/4" panel bit. Panel bits are large and require a lot of hp. If you are doing straight raised panels then you could do them on the table saw. I think however that you will have the same problem withe the rail and stile bits set so your small router needs to be upgraded. The rail and style is the hardest part because once you change the set up it is difficult to get back to the exact profile as before. When making them be sure to make extra or better yet borrow another router and have two set up so that you don't have to change things.
Oh, they are available. Just have to use a slower feed rate and make the cuts in more than one pass! Once the bits are set, make and keep a profiled setup board and resetting will be rather easy.

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Bite the bullet for a 3-1/4 hp PC and you won't be unhappy. When you purchase the rail and style set also purchase the set up gauge for the proper heigth for both. It'll work first time. Raised panel wainscot is very rewarding since it's a show piece in the room. Have fun with your project.
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I don't think that you will be able find a 1/4" panel bit. Panel bits are large and require a lot of hp.
Unless you turn them on edge, like this Freud bit. Can run at full speed, takes less HP, BUT needs a horizontal router table

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I would suggest that you take the plunge and go for a 3 1/4 plunge router which would give you the power and also be able to accommodate 1/4 and 1/2 shank bits. That is if your budget can handle the cost. There would be other project in the future where you may need same. Sharp bits and high hp make the task easier.
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I'm going to upgrade to a more powerful router but the 3.25 HP Porter Cable is a bit pricey. Will a 2.25 HP router be able to handle the job? And what's the best model in the $200-$300 price range. Looking for table mounted, variable speed with vacuum attachment.

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Check amazon,you can get a 3 1/4 hp hitachi for $199.Worth a look
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