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SBW#38 – Bosch PR20EVS Palm Router Review

Need a small palm router to do flush trim work? Then the Bosch PR20EVS Palm Router may be for you. This little router is a strong workhorse for being under $90(at the time of this article). It was able to flush-trim 3/4 inch stock without any problems on the project I was working on.

Cost and Quality often times help dictate what you buy. However, availability also will contribute. But what if none of those apply to you because you have a lot of different routers available? Then I’d say go with quality.

This little Bosch PR20EVS router comes well packed to avoid damage during shipping and handling. Unboxing the router was not a frustration either like some products. It did not have all those wire ties, zip ties, or tape to hold it in place. The cardboard inserts were folded to lock it and its components in place to avoid damage.

The router of course came with all the standard paperwork – instruction manual in multiple languages, warning insert, and warranty form. All were pretty easy to understand and the warranty offered a mail-in or online fill-out. I don’t know about you but I like online forms much better than mail-in ones.

The router baseplate is removable to allow for an easy bit change. It has a quick release to allow for quick depth adjustment followed by a fine adjustment wheel with 3/64 inch adjustments per revolution. The baseplate also had a clear acrylic plate attached to an aluminum bottom frame. This allows for easy replacement if the acrylic gets damaged.

The two open-ended wrenches to tighten or loosen the collet appear to be made from forged steel rather than just stamped sheet steel. This eliminates the flex in the tool which can cause frustration if they ever bend, you know what I mean if this has happened to you. It comes with 10mm and 17mm to fit on the spindle shaft and the collet respectively.

This is a corded router and not a battery-powered one. However, the cord for the router is xxx feet long which makes it very usable on large projects. The cord even comes with a ferrite magnet to reduce EMI (electromagnetic interference). This is to reduce noise and filter out unwanted external interference for cleaner operation on the motor.

The unit itself has an easy-to-reach power switch that is conveniently located when your hand is on the ergonomic palm grip. On top of the spindle, it has a variable speed adjustment to control the speed from 16k to 35k speed.

I used a 1/4 inch shank 1/2 inch flush trim bit in my to test it routing an edge board on a sheet of plywood. This project was part of my Kitchen Cabinet Build Series and you can see that project here. The router was able to flush-trim this 3/4 inch thick material without any problems.

Would I recommend this router? For the cost that it is, yes. If you prefer battery-powered then this router is not for you. You can check out the Bosch PR20EVS Palm Router on Amazon if you want to get more details.

I hope you find this video useful and can use some of the tips presented. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, or experiences you have had below.

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SBW#37 – Kitchen Cabinet Build Part 12 – Building a Cabinet Partition

Do you want to separate your upper and base cabinets from your refrigerator? If so you might be interested in adding a cabinet partition wall between them. Some people like being able to see their refrigerator from the countertop between the cabinets – maybe to magnetically stick stuff on the side, etc. This was the way our kitchen was set up before our remodel. However, with the remodel we no longer wanted that approach and the need to fish stuff out that fell between the base cabinet and the refrigerator.

In comes a cabinet partition. The approach we took was a simple vertical piece of material that matched our cabinets that connected the sides of the upper and base cabinets from the ceiling to floor. This would allow for an enclosed look for our refrigerator and keep stuff from falling off the counter in the crack between the base cabinet and refrigerator. You wouldn’t believe how many times I had to fish stuff out of there!

That said my approach was simple. Rip a sheet of plywood lengthwise at 23 1/2 inches wide. This would provide 1/2 inch for a front edge for a total of 24 inches which is the standard depth of base cabinets. Besides, this vertical piece now would also add support to the cabinet that will reside above our refrigerator.

After ripping the sheet of plywood in the desired width my next step is to put some sort of edge band on. You could simply use laminate edge banding however in my household like many others this edge can easily get knocked, scraped, bumped, or just about anything that would tear laminate to shreds. So rather than use laminate, I used a 1/2 x 3/4 inch piece of maple that was also 96 inches tall.

I cut this just a little oversized so I could trim it off after I had attached it to the plywood. To attach it to the plywood I spread some Titebond II wood glue on one side of the edge band making sure the entire side was covered. I affixed it to the side with my Porter Cabinet 23G Gauge Pin Nailer followed by some PONY 52 pipe clamps. Of course, at the time like many woodworkers, I never had enough clamps so I had to interlock some Jorgensen 3724 24-Inch Steel Bar Clamps to finish it up. Be sure to use a clamping caul to avoid marring your edge band and to evenly distribute the clamping force. I wanted both the chemical bond of the wood glue and the pins to hold it in place for maximum strength.

Once the glue had dried I scraped the dried glue bead down with my Hyde 10530 Paint Scraper to remove the bulk of the glue. Once this was done I carefully set my Bosch PR20EVS Palm Router up with a flush-trim bit so the edge of the cutter was just shy of the plywood, after all, I didn’t want to take any of the plywood’s veneer off. I ran the router down all for edges of the plywood to flush up the Maple edge band to the face of the veneer and fished up any leftover again with the scraper.

Finish up with a quick sanding and this piece for my kitchen remodel was ready for the finishing process.

As always if you have any questions or comments post them below or on my YouTube video comments section and I’ll do my best to respond.

I’ve included a few Amazon Links below for the equipment and materials I used.

Equipment and Materials

I hope you find this video useful and can use some of the tips presented. Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, or experiences you have had below.

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