Will a 1/25 HP router work for dovetail work?

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Forum topic by EggMan posted 07-18-2013 07:55 AM 1716 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2013 07:55 AM

I am new to woodworking, something I always wanted to get into and now have the space/time.

I have this router. DEWALT DWP611PK and am wondering what it is good at.

Should I have a higher power router for things like dovetails? I was thinking about getting the PC 4216 to do DT and other joints.

Or will this router “work”.
I “could” get another router, but explaining that I need multiple tools to my wife is something that always takes time.


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#1 posted 07-18-2013 10:51 AM

The 611 is a nice compact router, but a porter cable 690 or dewalt 616 is not much bigger. I’d go with one of those instead.

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 11:33 AM

How are you doing the dovetails?

I use a Rigid trim router, which has less power than the 611, to freehand rout the waste from through and lapped pin boards with a spiral bit, and it’s got plenty of power. Before I had the trim router, I used the 611 to do the same. I cut the tails on my table saw.

If you’re going to do it with something like a Leigh D4R, which is how I used to do it, you’re better off with a larger router that can handle 1/2” bits. Most Leigh bits have 8mm shanks, which have to go into a 1/2” collet with an adapter, and don’t fit in a 1/4” shank. Also, the smaller routers may suffer from clearance problems with a guide bushing installed.

If everything fits, I think the 611 would have plenty of power, as you can control the amount you are cutting, but a larger router would provide reserve power for those times you want to go straight through to the back and back out, to limit chipout. I also think a 611 might have problems with sliding dovetails. Larger routers have more mass in the motor, and bigger support bearings, which will avoid potential vibrations and inaccuracy during heavy cuts.

The 611 is a GREAT tool. Since you already have it, try it…

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