router has become one of the most used tools in my workshop. There are
many different bit profiles available, probably a straight bit and a round
over bit are the first ones you will need, but this depends on the type
of projects you will be doing.
It is much easier to work with smaller pieces if the router is mounted
on a table. Better results are achieved by taking several passes of shallow
cuts rather than one pass if a lot of material has to be removed.
Tips to using a router
Wear eye protection.
safety is a matter of controlling the router and securing the work piece.
With a router spinning at 22,000 RPM bad things can happen fast. (photo3)
Don't force the
router! It should sound the same cutting as when at an idle, if not you
are forcing it or the bit is dull.
larger the diameter of the bit the slower you will need to take when cutting.
Always rout against
the direction of the router bit, counterclockwise around the outside of
an object or clockwise around the inside of an object when routing freehand,
reverse this when using a router table.
a series of shallow passes rather than one cut if a lot of material has
to be removed.
Use an edge guide
Always use the router in a vertical position, gripped in both hands, in
a comfortable stance.
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