When it comes to woodworking there are few power tools more useful than routers. They boast impressive versatility, allowing you to trim and clean up your work with great efficiency.

Arguably the toughest decision for a woodworker is which router works best for certain applications. As with anything it is important to get the right one for the job; which is where we come in. Below we advise you on how to achieve optimal results with plunge and fixed base routers.

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Plunge, fixed and interchangeable bases

The plunge base, for instance, lets you to cut upright into wood and dive deeper into the surface area. It gives you greater flexibility, allowing you to plunge as you go.

Meanwhile, the fixed base affords you more control when routing. This is because your hands are closer to the wood, resulting in more stable movements.

Then of course, there are those routers which implement both bases, giving you extra versatility. As you will generally need both to cover different tasks, an interchangeable base, such as the one boasted by this Dewalt router, can be particularly useful when it comes to transporting the tool.

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Plunge routers

  • Making interior cuts is easier
  • Pattern work and templates
  • Blind and deep grooves
  • Mortising operations
  • Engraving

Carrying out the above work is much easier with a plunge router, therefore you should get better results. Straight vertical movements and the ability to cut through thick woods only adds to the appeal of a plunge router.

Its features include a depth stop, allowing you to adjust the depth of a cut as you go along.

Interchangeable bases

Fixed base routers

  • Compact and easy to maneuver
  • Edge shaping and sharpening
  • Thrive at all-purpose applications
  • Works well with a router table

In addition to edge routing applications, fixed base routers also excel at operations that utilise guidebushings, such as dovetail jigs. Because of the nature of fixed base routers they tend to be popular for home use.

Prior to using it you will need to set the depth of the blade. This eliminates potential pitfalls such as overcutting or gouging.

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In conclusion, if it’s a variety of cuts you’re after then the plunge base router best suits your needs. For a more structured cutting job the fixed base router is ideal. The chances are you will be using both, so it comes down to getting the routers (or router, if you opt for one with an interchangeable base) you feel most comfortable using.

Our showrooms are a big help in this regard, as you are welcome to test the tools in action or be given a live demonstration that highlights their features.

Alternatively, you may already know what it is you’re looking for in your router, in which case order before 17.30 for next working day delivery. Check out our corded and cordless routers by clicking their respective links.