What is the best router to purchase.

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
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  • Bill, there was recently a discussion about this very thing. Check this topic here: http://www.hometalk.com/activity/111994

  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 17, 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 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