Asked on Dec 17, 2011

What is the best router to purchase.

KMS Woodworks3po3Dan's of Central Florida, Inc.


It's for my daughter (adult) who is quit talented when it comes to working with wood. While taking a college class on carpentry, she made a beautiful old fashioned shoe shine box...which was actually a planter box. She has decided to make a storage cabinet and would like to try her hand at making the double doors "fancy" with a little woodworking. The cabinet will be used in the dining room, so plain doors won't do. What brand router s durable, what features should she look for, etc. Thanks to all you woodworkers for any input. Merry Christmas. Diane
3 answers
  • Bill, there was recently a discussion about this very thing. Check this topic here:

  • 3po3
    on Dec 18, 2011

    The advice on the thread Dan mentioned should help. Also, that's a great idea for a gift. She will get hooked on all the cool things she can do with a router.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 18, 2011

    Bill as I mentioned in the other thread the best starter router in most woodworking camps is the porter cable 690... As a custom furniture maker for 30 + odd years , "fancy" doors in many cases are made using larger router bits that are used in a "router table" environment. These are driven by much bigger routers like the 7518 ..this is a variable speed router That puts out 3 1/4 horse power...the smaller 690 by comparison is only 1.5 HP. The big panel raising bits must be used in a table environment, they are not safe in the small handheld units. a bit that big, spinning at 1000's of rpm has a ton of torque. Fancy edge profiles like ogee can be done using the 690 and hand held machines

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