Tool Test: Micro Fence Micro Plunge Base
By Steve Shanesy
In the world of routers and routing accessories, it seems that small is big these days. The popularity of trim routers has been growing for some time; in fact, it’s now been a couple years since we praised Micro Fence’s plunge router base for the Bosch Colt, and we recently reviewed Makita’s compact router.
Now Micro Fence, long known for its precision aftermarket router accessories, has released a 4″-diameter plunge base designed for small, high-speed rotary tools such as those from Dremel and Proxxon. The micro base can also be used with pencil die grinders.
The base affords the user a wide-open view of the work being done thanks to its open-sided, horseshoe-shaped design. Like other Micro Fence precision products, this base is easily height-adjustable for depth of cut in one thousandths of an inch increments.
The Micro Plunge Base serves a number of needs for woodworkers when precision and high tolerances are a must, including hinge mortising, inlay, guitar building, scale model and miniature making and other fine detailing.
The unit weighs a mere 3 pounds, yet provides a sturdy platform for precision routing. Like most plunge bases, it has a three-position turret plunge-stop mechanism. It also comes with an onboard battery-powered gooseneck light. Buyers can specify the insert adapter they need for mounting their rotary tool in the base. Dust hoods, a template guide and centering bit are available at an extra charge.
In addition to commonly available 1⁄8″-shank bits for rotary tools, Micro Fence offers 11⁄2″- and 21⁄2″-long miniature solid carbide end mills ranging from 1⁄32″ to 1⁄8″ diameter.
From the February 2013 issue #202
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