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I have a Craftsman Router with a normal base and a plunge base. I have only used the normal base. When is the plunge base most commonly used my the average person? I'm usually just going around the wood putting an edge on it, but I wood like to do more. I have not even used my table yet! I must learn these things. Thanks
 

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It's handy when using your router for mortises or dados. Especially when it has the multiple depth stops that way you can quickly make several passes to remove lots of material without having to reset it each time.
 

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I use my plunge router mostly doing mortises, or when I'm using certain jigs. A plunge router really shines when you are starting and stopping a routing step on top of a piece. Meaning you can't enter the work piece from the side and it's difficult and tricky to lower your running router onto the piece.
Also comes in real handy if you ever get into sign making with templates, well that's a must have.
 
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