router, wattage needed for hardwoods?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rayle_Trail, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. Rayle_Trail


    Jun 14, 2004
    Hey guys, I just recently bought a cheapy GMC plunge that runs at 1200 watts and I was wondering if that was enough to get through your standard array of hardwoods(maples etc.etc.) and im just curious what the minimum amount of power a router may need to do guitar related work (Pickup + Electronics Cav's etc)
    :hyper: Thanks everybody :hyper:
  2. should be alright, don't go to large with the router bit, or try to take out to much at once, other than that you should have no probs at all, I use a 10 year old 900 watt Elu for a lot of my work. the paperwork that come with it should give you some advice on speed settings for different wood hardness, that is more inportant than the motor power, and allways use good sharp router bits .
  3. If you do a lot of the wood removal with the drill press then use the router only for touch-up work on the cavities then you can get away with a pretty light duty router.