Preface: I'm planning on a kitchen project in a few months for my house. You can probably expect a lot more questions from me in the near future.
I have an OF1400 w the Edge Guide and LR32 kit.
I'm planning on doing slab doors and drawer fronts, so no big profiling bits are needed.
But, there are going to be at least 12 drawers and possibly a lot more. My plan was to do a pocket screw drawer box with a dado for the bottom, using 1/2 Baltic Birch ply for the whole drawer. I'll be using blum undermount slides.
Aside from boring holes, the only other need for the router on this project would be the 1/2" dado in the drawer sides and a little roundover on the top of the sides of the drawer. If I use solid wood edgebanding on the doors and drawers, I might use it there, too.
In the past, I've routed 1/4" dados in drawer sides just using the edge guide. That has been pretty accurate, but it has typically been for a single cabinet at a time, so not a lot of parts. It seems like this would be simpler to do using a table and fence, and avoid the risk of introducing variation on the 40th part (or the 2nd, in my case..). Same with the roundover - seems like having a fence to run against would keep things more consistent.
As I understand it, using an OF1400 in a router table is not a convenient proposition. Am I going to be best served getting another router and fashioning some kind of router table? For this work, is a lot of horsepower going to be very important? Would I be better off just making a few jigs to guide the router? How would you all approach this?
In an ideal world, I'd have a dedicated router table or shaper. But I have a relatively small work area in a basement that does all the other things a basement needs to do. No tablesaw or other stationary tools. Lately there's barely room for me down there, so I think I need to be careful about adding more furniture while I'm living here.