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ArouterDepth_1411A plunge router is a versatile tool, but setting an exact depth can be perplexing. There are a bunch of knobs and levers that control how far down the bit will go, but if you’re trying to make a precise adjustment you rapidly run out of hands and patience as you fight the springs and line up a ruler. There is an easy way to do it; here is how I set the depth for the mother-of-pearl inlay on the face of the Voysey mantel clock I made for the August 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. If you click on the photo, a larger version will appear that will give you a better look at what I’m doing.

First I placed the template (a plywood circle) in position on the face. Because the template is so small, there wasn’t any room for clamps. I put some double-sided tape on the bottom of the template, and also drove a screw through the template and walnut face and into my bench.


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