So here it is, the world’s first non-adjustable (ha, kinda is) router base. It’s super comfortable to hold and extremely stable. I’ve tried them all, finally gave up and had to create my own. Router base comes with a high speed (60k) micro air spindle, a slide-on guard to protect delicate bits, and you can choose which of the three setup options is best suited to your needs: bar frets, T-frets or inlay work.
The idea is that you set it up once (you know when you hit that perfect sweet spot), leave it, and grab another one (color-coded) for the next task. The air spindles are custom fit to the individual base. They are not interchangeable so the base and router come as a set.
Most of you will likely need two bases, one for inlays and one for clearing T-fret slots. Those of you who install bar frets will probably want five –two for the above mentioned tasks and three (or more, I have seven total pre-set for specific tasks) for gradually opening slots to your desired widths.
This new system allows us to open up the old bar fret slots to a consistent size, so instead of fitting individual frets to individual slots, you measure the largest slot, and rout them all to match. This has a number of advantages, mainly allowing the human brain to grasp WHAT is going on during the process of fret compression.
You can also use this system to convert a T-fret guitar to bar frets.