Guitar rosettes are typically installed with a router. The Rigid 2401 laminate trimmer (available at Home Depot) turns out to the perfect router for use with the 2-Pi rosette cutting router attachment for inlaying rosettes, for installing guitar rosettes, making the rosette patch and cutting out the sound hole. It has features that make it ideal for guitar building – and it is only about $94.
Anyone looking for a router to use with the 2-Pi rosette cutting attachment to install your guitar rosettes look no more. The Rigid 2401 laminate trimmer is perfect for this application. In the past I used the Ryobi TR30 for this purpose but that router was discontinued.
The Rigid 2401 is an open based router which will enable you to use the very short small diameter end mill bits (available down to 1/16 inch available on the site) to cut the channels for the rosette veneer one ring at a time, to create the sound hole patch and cut out the sound hole.
Router for Guitar Rosettes and More
This router also has variable speed control which will reduce tear out and keep your bits sharper longer. It also has a very nice metal height adjustment mechanism. Other routers I have owned have plastic adjustment parts which break and wear out fairly quickly. Metal parts extend the useful life of this mechanism and is a breeze to adjust. To top it off the router comes with a a trim bit and a second base which can be used as a template to cut the screw holes in the rosette cutting attachment. And if that isn’t enough it has a little light that shines on the cutting surface – all for about $94.
I have purchased a few of these routers because I like them so much. The variable speed factor is huge. I can’t stress how great this is for extending the life of your bits. If you have routers preset for various functions to save time like I do try one of these. Or if you just plan on getting just one laminate trimmer, this router will be suitable for most guitar building tasks.