I picked up a cheap $29 Harbor Freight trim router to cut grooves for splines in miter joints. I was thoroughly disappointed when the 1/8" splines were extremely loose within the grooves. The grooves ended up measuring .168 inches using a .125" bit. Since then, I looked at the compact router offerings from Bosch, DeWalt & Porter Cable.
All were 1.25 HP, had 1/4" collets, came in a package that included a plunge base and were highly rated by their users. I chose the DeWalt…Continue