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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-03-2013, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all, I am looking to purchase a router. This is largely a splurge for me, as I dont have a need (that I know of) for one. I would like to have one to slap in a table, and buy jigs, and cut dovetails and box joints for decorative boxes.... as well as whatever else comes down the line. I think I have whittled the list down to the Bosch 1617EVSPK... I wont have a router table for a bit (probably until I build one) and I figured the plunge base would be nice to have. It seems that this model of Bosch gets really good reviews, and about the only thing my novice eye sees that it DOESNT have is a light. Also looks like I would need to buy an aftermarket base to make it fit assorted PC jigs which from (what little I have seen) seem to be the norm.

This kit is pretty much at the top of my price range, and it seems to be universally favored in the ratings. The PC I looked at had middling reviews, which was a disappointment, since I thought it was the "standard" for routers.... maybe I am just too cheap to find the really good ones.

The only woodworking I have done is utilitarian (ugly shelves, etc) and nothing that needed to be pretty... I dont think that buying a jig and a decent router is going to make me create works of art, but I think a good tool provides a good foundation. I appreciate any advice you all can provide!!!
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OK. Go for it. I have two of them (1617).
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The Bosch is a good choice Travis. There are those who say that PC quality has dropped since they were bought out a few years ago.

There is a ton of information in the forum database about building your own table which you can search. A router is useful even if you only use it to put decorative edging on boards. Square edged boards look exactly like what they are, namely lumber. A decorative edge will turn them into woodworking.

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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Many jigs and such are drilled for the PC 690 mounting pattern. One of the nice things about the Bosch 1617 is that its native mounting pattern is 4 hole rectangular, but when the sub base plate is removed there are 3 holes tapped in a triangular pattern that matches the 690. So anything listing the Bosch 1617 or PC 690 will be fine for the 1617. See pictures below.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. travis

Looking forward to your participation.
Filling out your profile to include (first name,tools and short bio is strictly (optional )but does help members to better relate to each other.
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No light on a 1617 is easy to fix.
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Hey, Trav; welcome!
Your profile doesn't mention whether you have a table saw or not, so assuming not(?) the router will give you the capability of doing simple, accurate, and extremely useful mortises and dadoes etc. for building cabinets and furniture.
Good luck!
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Welcome to the forum Travis.

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Enjoy the knowledge of others that can be found within.

‘Members are requested to add a first name in their profile as we are a very friendly bunch here'.
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Thanks for the welcome everyone... and thanks for the answers. Looks like I had no no-sayers for the Bosch, so I figure that will be my xmas present (woot!). Then will be finding a cheap router table, and some jigs.

Dan, I added my few tools to my profile... I (just over the weekend) bought a contractor table saw, but DeWalt says no dados with it... I have read that some people have done it, but I have no desire to tempt fate. I would have loved to have a big ole table saw.. but my space is very limited, and I dont want to have to trot even a hybrid saw down my basement steps!!!


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This is a pretty good starting table if you plan on buying. Grizzly.com

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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