Woodworking and cabinetry projects call for precise cuts. While any Bosch router can hollow out recesses or grooves, there are several options to consider. A Bosch fixed-base router is a lightweight model that allows you greater control and precision. Fixed-base routers have a stationary base to hold the bit in a constant position. The depth setting can be manually changed, but will stay in place during cutting. This stability is ideal for finishing edges and elaborate molding.
When working from above, Bosch variable-speed fixed-base routers may offer resistance, but a routing table can make the job easier. The router mounts upside down so the bit is exposed, above the motor. With the blade safely locked in place, you will have both hands free to feed the materials into the bit with a clear view of your progress.
The alternative to fixed-base models are Bosch plunge routers. A plunge router’s base sits flat on the material’s surface, while the bit moves up and down, cutting to a preset depth. This feature allows the bit to cut deeper over broad, flat surfaces. The base on most models can even be locked in place to work like a fixed-base router, offering a wider use that makes them popular for occasional home improvements.
However, a fixed-base router is naturally lighter and more compact. Their lower center of gravity allows for greater control and maneuverability, even when cutting precise and elaborate patterns with templates. The lightweight build also lessens fatigue when powering through repetitive tasks. If you're unsure whether you need a fixed-base or a plunge router, consider a Bosch router kit. Most combo kits include a fixed base and a plunge base, which attach to the motor as needed. Having both bases on hand will prepare you for the next job’s needs.
Whether making functional grooves for a cabinet or cutting decorative designs into a surface, a Bosch fixed-base router will ensure crisp, clean edges on any project. Check out our selection of Bosch roters and find the ideal option for your next project.