How to Use a Wood Router
If you are considering woodworking as a hobby or even a money making venture then you will definitely need to add the router to your list of 'must have' tools. This tool is made specifically to shape a piece of wood, cut areas that need cutting or filing down, make precise cuts, and most importantly add decorative touches such as a grooved edging.
A Quick Tour of Router Table Techniques
For as little as it takes to get set up, and the short time it takes to aquire skill at using a router table, it’s easy to see why this venerable workhorse is often one of the first and most important tool purchases that a woodworker ever makes. Below, we'll take a quick look at the common woodworking procedures that you can master within the first few weeks of owning a router table
Knowing How To Use A Woodworking Router Is Necessary In Workshops
Knowing how to use a router is probably one of the most necessary skills a woodworker needs. If you know how to use a router properly, you will be able to do all sorts of work such as joinery, grooves, rabbets, raised panels and put edge designs on the wood. Routers can be dangerous if not handled properly, so you do have to practice when leaning how to use a router.
If you're looking for an all-purpose tool that can perform a variety of tasks in your workshop, a router will fit the bill. Basically, a router is nothing more than an electric drill. But one difference between working with a router and a drill is that the latter uses a bit to bore into materials.
Working with a router can be a bit intimidating if your not familiar with its proper use, but once you learn how to use it you will be able to do amazing things with it. The number one rule in using a router is to go slowly and take shallow passes. A router, on the other hand, uses a sharp cutting bit to do its job. The cutting bit is located on the bottom of the machine. Knowing which bit to use for each application is just part of knowing how to properly use a router.
To the first time user, a wood router seems like a fairly simple machine - a motor with perhaps a profile bit, a switch and some handles. No big deal. When the motor is switched on, though, your opinion may start to change. You feel the centrifugal force as the motor spins up. And it is loud! To make the experience complete, the router makes contact with the board (which, if you are lucky, is clamped to a work table) and man, what a surprise.
I get the question a lot lately about cutting dado’s and grooves for larger projects such as shelves. If you are a beginner woodworker, you spend a lot of time just trying to figure out which tool you need to build the project you are interested.
Advanced Router Techniques
Routers are one of the most versatile woodworking tools, useful not just for making trim and cutting edges, but for solving a whole range of woodworking problems. Learn how to cut curves, straighten boards, flatten bows and much more. Go beyond the basics: Use your router to make strong joints, plane edges, cut smooth curves and more.
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