Plenty of woodworkers believe owning both is beneficial whereas others prefer one or the other. However, it’s important to take your personal needs into account as you might find that owning both a plunge and fixed router is exactly what you need as each carries their own array of benefits.
Before you start planing your piece of wood, there are two components you need to make: the fixture and the jig. The fixture holds your wood in place and has two rails for the jig to move on. The router attaches to the jig which slides along the fixture, giving you smooth and even planing control.
Routers were originally used for their decorative purposes, but they are now more versatile than most wood working machines. They can be used to shape, cut, groove, and create joins in wood. But, knowing how to use a router to cut a groove is not as simple as taking tool to timber.