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    I'm thinking of starting my first DIY sub but I don't own a router to cut the baffles. Any recommendations for around $300?
    I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

  • #2
    I use this one: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21393

    Very, very good :)

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    • #3
      I can recommend the plunge-only router I went with, the DeWalt DW621.
      "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones."

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      • #4
        I own 5 routers including a heavy duty Dewalt plunge router and a Porter Cable fixed base, a cheapo B and D, a Dewalt Trim router and a Triton 2 1/4 hp plunge router. If I could keep just would it one be the Triton. No hesitation. It was the Fine Woodworking Editors best overall and Best value. It comes with a bunch of accessories you have to pay for with others (like a circle cutting jig). Also comes in a 3hp model but unless you will be spinning behemoth bits in super hard wood the extra hp isn't necessary. Triton Fine Woodworking review
        Amazon

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        • #5
          Thanks for the suggestions guys, I guess it's time to do some shopping.

          Also, can you recommend any woodworking web sites? I am definitely a newbie and would like to read a little more before I take the plunge.
          I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

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          • #6
            I like this web site.

            http://thewoodwhisperer.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by k_t
              I am definitely a newbie and would like to read a little more before I take the plunge.
              :rlmfao:
              "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones."

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              • #8
                I got this book and REALLY like it:

                http://www.amazon.com/Woodworking-Ro...ref=pd_sim_b_4

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                • #9
                  I have read a lot of stuff from these two in magazine form. Here are the websites: Finewoodworking


                  American Woodworker

                  I would say American Woodworker is a better place to start.

                  Btw all the routers mentioned here are nice. Get a good quality one. A plunge router will do everything a fixed base router does plus it will...plunge. Variable speed and electronic speed control are very desirable. The router will operate much more smoothly. Some kind of attachment for a vacuum cleaner is nice also as routers make a lot of dust and wood chips... 1/2 and 1/4 collets are better than just 1/4 collets (many router come with both, some don't). For small bits 1/4 inch shank is fine but when using large bits a 1/2 shank will vibrate less.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rsa
                    :rlmfao:
                    I just got the pun :biglaugh:
                    I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by django1
                      I have read a lot of stuff from these two in magazine form. Here are the websites: Finewoodworking


                      American Woodworker

                      I would say American Woodworker is a better place to start.

                      Btw all the routers mentioned here are nice. Get a good quality one. A plunge router will do everything a fixed base router does plus it will...plunge. Variable speed and electronic speed control are very desirable. The router will operate much more smoothly. Some kind of attachment for a vacuum cleaner is nice also as routers make a lot of dust and wood chips... 1/2 and 1/4 collets are better than just 1/4 collets (many router come with both, some don't). For small bits 1/4 inch shank is fine but when using large bits a 1/2 shank will vibrate less.
                      Thanks for the additional info, I was kind of wondering about the different size collets and if I needed both a plunge base and a fixed base.

                      I have a lot of reading to do.
                      I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by madpoet
                        I got this book and REALLY like it:

                        http://www.amazon.com/Woodworking-Ro...ref=pd_sim_b_4
                        I'll pick it up. Thanks!
                        I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison

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                        • #13
                          I 2nd the recommendation for a plunge router. I have a fixed and find numerous times where I need a plunge.
                          Coach Pat Summitt - Folding at Home

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                          • #14
                            Also, you will probably end up wanting these accessories so if you can get them as a kit it will keep your price down: edge guide, circle cutting jig, template bushings.

                            Btw, power wise I would keep, + or - a bit, around 2hp. A good compromise between power and weight/ungainliness... The DW621 that RSA endorsed would be high on my list as well. Dewalt makes really nice tools. The one drawback to the Triton I mentioned is that it doesn't have any history so we don't know about long term reliability.

                            You now know just about everything you need to know to buy a router...;)

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                            • #15
                              But where does he plug in the ethernet cable? ;)

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