Have trouble keeping track of the number of times you've turned that micro-adjusting knob? Dab a spot of bright-colored paint on the knob. Each time the paint-spot passes a matching mark on the router is a full turn.
from shifting from side to side as you raise it.
Few fixed-base routers can offer this kind of fine adjustment. Several different adjustment systems are used by the makers of fixed-base routers (they arc discussed in some detail in the chapter "Routers"), but all involve a knob or wing nut that cinches the base tightly around the motor to hold the setting. In a router table setup, loosening the wing nut on some brands and models sacrifices the setting you have, because it frees the motor to drop. And with the motor loose, you fight gravity to find a specific setting. In addition, almost all the systems allow sideplay, so the bit's position in relation to the fence can shift when the bit height is altered.
The response to the latter problem is circumvention: Don't set the fence until you've set the bit height. Its in raising the bit for a second pass that the sideplay becomes a real irritant. In deepening a groove, for example, you can end up with a stepped groove that's the correct width at the bottom but too wide at the surface. To circumvent this problem, set the bit for the final depth of cut right at the start, and make the initial pass with an auxiliary top in place, so that the work-piecc is raised. Remove the auxiliary top for the second pass, lowering the workpicce.
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