Category Archives: Reviews


Looking for a Gift Idea? Visit the Amazon Gift Hub


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.

Some of the links in my video description and article above are Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you would like to make a different purchase from Amazon, you can also use the storewide link.


Looking for a Gift Idea? Visit the Amazon Gift Hub
Or Check out our Deal of the Day page in the Top Right of the Menu

SBW#35 – Kitchen Cabinet Build Part 10 – Shelving Pin Holes, Sanding and Dry-Fit

Before you do your final assembly I highly recommend you drill your shelf pin holes. The reason I say this is because it is easier to drill all those holes on the side panels prior to assembling that cabinet carcass. For starters, you do not have to worry about tight spaces and if you are using a homemade shelving pin jig or a jig like the Rockler JIG IT Shelving Jig, there are no sides or tops and bottoms to worry about getting in the way.

Rockler JIG IT Shelving Jig

If you decide to make your own shelving jig I’d recommend using something such as aluminum or a hardwood so holes do not wear out. I would not recommend free handing the holes by measure, drill and repeat. You are more likely to get off and being off just 1/16 of inch on the height of one hole can send one or more shelves rocking.

I used to use one of these homemade jigs many years back but I decided to try the Rockler JIG IT Shelving Jig (you can read more here) and it worked great. The one downside is it allowed me to go so fast the bit got hot and I believe this caused some damage around the holes on the acrylic template. That said, it served me well and saved me time overall.

Damage that was caused by the hot drill bit on the acrylic template.

To drill the holes consistently I started by throwing a piece of 3/4 inch plywood in the bottom shelf dado. This allowed me to reference this piece for the bottom of the template. From there it was just picking a bottom hole and working my way to the top. If my side panel was greater than the height of the jig I just used a 1/4 inch rod to stick in a reference hole with one hole I drilled out and kept drilling.

Once I had all the shelving pin holes drilled I went over all the material that was going to be clear finished or painted with 220 grit sandpaper. This allowed me to knock down any sharp edges, burs and any marks that was on the material. In my opinion it is easier to sand the material prior to assembly. Of course you may need to go over a few spots after assembly but that is much quicker and lower risk of your sander hitting the edges where things are glue up perpendicular thus leaving scratch marks.

Sanding an interior side panel of the cabinet

Finally after I had everything sanded up I dry fit the cabinet together one last time. This allowed me to work out any issues prior to the glue up. At the glue up stage you do not want to be dealing with pieces that do not go together nicely since you want to get everything fastened together before the glue sets up.

Cabinet all dry-fit together

I’ve included a few Amazon Links below for the equipment and materials I used. Although this is a Rockler Jig, I am not sponsored in any way by them.

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.

Some of the links in my video description and article above are Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you would like to make a different purchase from Amazon, you can also use the storewide link.


Looking for a Gift Idea? Visit the Amazon Gift Hub
Or Check out our Deal of the Day page in the Top Right of the Menu