Router bits question

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  1. highwaycat

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    Before I get a router I’m thinking about using my dremel for making pickguards and doing light routing on neck pockets.

    For pickguards I’m thinking about using a 1/4” shank adapter.
    I have a 1/2” template and a 1/4” template.
    I have one 1/2” pattern overhang bit with 1/4” shank.
    I’ll make an acrylic router base.

    I need the bit that does the bevel and also wondering if this sounds like it would work?

    What bit for the neck pocket?
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    Not enough torque. Get the little Makita router. $99.
    You’ll wonder why you waited.
     
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    The little Makita or the Bosch Colt, or any name-brand "laminate trimmer" router. These are small routers designed for light work, and can also be used to do heavier stuff like routing out pickup recesses and even making complete guitar bodies.
     
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    I ran the Harbor Freight on my CNC cutting bodies and necks for quite a while before the bearings gave out or maybe it ingested too many chips. It was well abused by that time. I used that at the start because I expected and did frequently crash whatever router I used and it's easier to replace a $20-$30 router than a $120-$150 router. I have the Makita 1/4in router on it now but the HF did what I needed it to, and what it should not have done like plowing a half inch cutter from one corner to another as it re-homed unexpectedly at travel speed not cutting speed -- thinking "I guess I can push that machine a lot faster than I thought".

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    Get the dewalt 611. Best router I own. I use it for all the things you mention.

    A trim router like this is really what you need. You will probably burn your dremel motor out trying to route a neck pocket. You’d also need to buy a bigger base for it.
     
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    I recently purchased the 1 hp Bosch router. Also got the plunger base which I highly recommend. Not cheap but works great!
     
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    The Dremel or similar is a fine tool for inlay work and other fine details, but it's not appropriate for heavier work like neck pockets. If you want small, a trim router like the Bosch Colt or similar will work fine. The next step up to a regular router will provide you more versatility and power. Variable speed is highly recommended...
     
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    When you are making your neck pocket, you can drill out excess bulk wood and leave just enough to clean up with your router bit. This will save wear and tear on the bit. For a neck pocket, you'll want a half inch long template bit with a shorter template or with a really thick template, you may want a 1" long template bit. The stewmac bits are nice for either application and allow you to run extra bearings for insurance.


    Whiteside makes a similar bit but may be a bit shorter than the stewmac one.


    Ball Bearing Router Bits - StewMac

    Whiteside Router Bits 3001 Template Bit with Ball Bearing - Top Bearing Flush Trim Router Bits - Amazon.com
     
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    here's the deal with the Demel.. it is NOT intended for "Heavy Lifting".... while it works wonderfully for routing for inlays in the fingerboard.. it's only removing about 1 - 2 mm of wood.... a neck pocket is 14 - 15 mm deep... so the stress put on the Dremel can cause an early demise of the tool...

    as a Graduate of the Lake Shore Jr High Wood Shop... I can share Mr. Lawrence's edict, repeated often.. whgen he caught us using a chisel as a screwdriver... "Use the right tool for the job"... Dremel and real routing do not equate...

    If you're only gonna do limited "home duty" routing you can get one of those inexpensive routers Harbor Freight sell.. the Chinese MSS will appreciate it... but if you're diving into this hobby seriously... get the real deal. a PorterCable 690 or 890, is pretty much the standard, with other great tools available... but get a pro grade if you plan on making more than l little teensy weensy pile of sawdust..


    If you plan on making much more than a few bodies... and are using the cheep Chinese tools.. it won't be long before you'll be looking for a second tool just like it, because that way you can screw 'em to a couple of boards and make matching book ends with 'em, becasue that will be all the burnt out boogers are good for.. get a good tool...
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    As said, dremels a no go.

    When it comes to trim routers, of all those I have owned I am down to two dewalt 611s & 1 Bosch colt. The only reason I have the colt is because I haven't gotten around to replacing it with another dewalt. The 611 has enough power to do neck pockets without hesitation with the micro adjust precision of a full size router. Add a plunge base & they do pickup routes without hesitation.

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    Just get a "trim router" or "laminate trimmer". I dont even use a big router for larger things now. You can one at a pawn shop for probably $25-35. Mine old one was stolen and I got a Porter Cable for that about 2 years ago.
    Here's a cheap one just to show size:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V4XB5NW/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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    I prefer the Makita trimmer router over the Colt
     
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    I don't even remember the brand name on my cheap ass trimmer...:rolleyes:. or if it even has one..:lol:

    it's built about 20 guitars though and still going strong... they need a bigger base plate.

    clear PG cutting trimmer sm.jpg

    router base sanded.JPG
     
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