Router Setup

There are lots of amazing projects that require the use of a router.  Routers easily cut custom edges and openings in wood.  My favorite part of the router is that it offers a very consistent cut.  Operating routers requires a little extra knowledge about the product.  Here are some Router Setup Tips that I love …

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  1. Clamp your wood.
  2. If possible, use a guide.  Free hand cutting requires surgeon hands and lots of practice!
  3. Speaking of practice, before routing your project wood, always double check the cut is what you are expecting on a piece of scrap wood.
  4. Don’t attempt to cut the wood in the first pass.  Run several shallow passes and then extend the bit.  Deep passes can burn the wood or cause your hands to twist the tool.
  5. Let the router do it’s work.  Pushing the router causes the engine and blade to slow, splintering and burning the wood.  Keep it running at a easy and consistent speed.
  6. Start the motor and then lower the spinning blade into the work.

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Making a wall mounted, vertical spine bookcase is pretty easy, but a router is a must!  Happy Router -ing!

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  1. Frank Ginn says:

    I think wood router is the most important device for woodworking. I have one and I like it so much. It make my wood work become simple. Great information. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for these great tips! I’ve recently acquired a router and have been experimenting on scrap wood. I need to get a feel for it before I start working with it. I love the look the different bits give me. I’ve got all the bits numbered and a scrap wood has each bit’s cut-out numbered so I can pick the look I want easily. I can’t wait to get started using it.
    Debbie 🙂

  3. Condo Blues says:

    I have used a router but I really haven’t USED a router if you know what I mean. I should find a project that forces me to explore all a router can do.