first off thank you for your service (it IS veterans day).
Second, congrats on marriage. As a 22+ year veteran of the institution I recommend you read my new book "Yes dear". It's basically 409 pages of that phrase repeated. It contains all acceptable answers to anything your (and my) wife has or will ever state/ask (hehe). Looks like you are off to an excellent start!
Finally, I really like that flame. The way it has sort of a chevron in the middle... I need one like that.
Well, the parchment binding finally came in. They must have slow-walked across country to deliver it. I wasn't going to rout for the binding until I had the binding in hand, so I could do a few test routs and get the depth right, and make sure the thickness was good to go.
All is good, so we started routing for the double-sided binding:
(hey, the router lights up!)
Everything came out nice and clean, thanks to a great new router from Craftsman.
I used a straight half-inch bit with a 3/8" bottom bearing to give me a 1/16" rout for the binding.
Routed the back side. Can't forget that:
And this is the new router.
Best one out of all I checked out. And after that dumb Hitachi buy, I was really careful in my selection.
What's more, it cost less than all of them in the same class, a bit more HP @2.5 instead of the typical 2 1/4, and a lit up base that really came in handy for seeing the work.
Like most in this class, it has both a plunge base and a fixed base. Also has clear shields with a vacuum port for hooking up to a shop-vac for dust and chip removal when running.
It also has an electronically-controlled speed that determines what sort of wood hardness it's cutting, and can adjust speed to suit the work at hand.
Digital readout on top of the router.
Tomorrow I'll be gluing up the binding, and I'll post up pics of that operation.
Then I'll start posting pics of the neck work thus far.
WOW, nice lookin' router. It's funny, in the old, old days craftsman was one of the best, but not so much since the late '70s. It would be interesting to know who made that one for them. Something about it just hints Bosch, but not sure. The light is way cool! And the build is looking great!
Either Way, Happy Dust Makin'!