Which base do I use on my home made table?
I built a router table, and managed to sink a 3/16" piece of clear acrylic flush to the 3/4" good grade plywood. It's a 2x4' piece and I screwed it to an old bench that was in this fixer upper when I bought it. I saw an educational TV program on router usage and noted that the instructor was using his plunge base mounted on an phenolic plate to do his table routes. I wondered why was he using the plunge base and not the fixed base. I am still wondering because I mounted my Skil 1825 on the plunge base and tried to cut a dado (slot) 1/4" deep in a piece of soft 3/4" pine about 2 feet long, and the depts was half of that when I got through. Even though I measured it over and over I still got a difference in the cut.
Something changes between the time I have the router on the table top adjusting (which is truly awkward and imprecise to me) and the time I put it back in the table and setup my home made fence and take a cut.
There seems to be no way to fine tune the depth of cut, as the adjustment knob only goes a short distance before binding up...I don't get it at all...I am totally lost as to how to work with this Skil router...
Any ideas on where I can get some instructions? The skil people don't offer much in the way of user information...thanks