Premium Retention Test – Router Table Essentials

Router Table Essentials

A router table adds a LOT to the shop. With the amazingly diverse availability of router bit profiles, there are many different things you can do on a router table; from edge profiling to joinery. Thanks to the high rpm of a router motor, the cut quality is great, typically requiring very little sanding. With George Vondriska as your instructor, this online video Class will give you many important tips and fundamentals – helping you to get the most out of your router table.


The same attribute that provides great cut quality can make routers intimidating to operate. Typically running at over 20,000 revolutions per minute, things can go wrong quickly if you’re not using a router correctly. This Class covers a variety of must-have safety tips including how to properly secure the bit in the collet, determining feed direction, setting up for multiple passes, and how to use feather boards and push pads. .

Buying Advice

There are lots of routers available in the marketplace. This Class will educate you regarding the best type of router to use in a table, and we’ll look at the advantages router lifts bring to router tables. .


While the router table itself requires little more than good housekeeping, router bits are another story. A dull or dirty bit will be unsafe to use, and will cut poorly. We’ll show you how to determine if a bit needs to be sharpened, how to do the sharpening in your own shop, and how to clean a pitch-covered router bit. .


Dadoes, rabbets, slot cutting… these are just some of the woodworking techniques you’ll learn in this Class. We’ll show you short cuts that will make set up easier and more repeatable, so you can reduce set up time and increase accuracy.

There are over 100 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this Class. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this Class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class instruction; a Speed Chart to help you determine the best speed to run your bits; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the Class.

NOTE: This Class video instruction is also available for purchase in DVD form. If you prefer to own a physical copy, you can purchase the Class DVD here.


Download and print this PDF Guide to complement your Class. It’ll be a good reminder for you on many Router Table tips.

Use this handy reference guide to help determine the appropriate RPM speed to run your bits.

See this list of tools, suppliers and reference information related to this Class.

Download this short video to meet your class instructor, George Vondriska.

Download this short video to hear George talk about the versatility and value of good router table skills.

Session 1: Getting Started

Fixed base, plunge base, router lift….what’s the best set up for your router table? We’ll take a look at different styles of routers to learn what’s best for you. .

Your router bit education includes choosing between 1/4” and 1/2″ shanks, how to properly install a bit in a collet, determining if a bit is dull, how to sharpen it if it is dull, and more.

Once you know how to set up your router table and install a bit, we can move on to making cuts. There’s a lot involved with this including use of feather boards and push sticks and how to set up for multiple light passes.

Session 2: Making Clean Cuts

A router table can provide incredibly clean cuts, provided you use it correctly. Routing end grain often leads to chipping on the exit side of the cut. We’ll have a look at different ways to avoid this, including following the correct sequence of cuts, and using a great shop-made push pad to control the cuts and prevent chipping.

Session 3: Techniques

The router table provides a great way to make dadoes, rabbets, and slots. Even in delicate veneered material you’ll find that the cut quality is great. You’ll learn to create through and stopped dadoes, and how to make a dado or groove the perfect width. .

We’ll also teach you:

  • How to use a keyhole bit; perfect for hanging things on the wall.
  • Two different techniques for trimming to a pattern, providing a great way for making multiple parts.
  • How to use the router table to make custom dowels.

Session 4: Class Summary

George wraps up this Class with a reminder to practice the processes and skills you learned on the router table – and you’ll be on your way to using this versatile tool for many projects in your shop.

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27 Responses to “Premium Retention Test – Router Table Essentials”

  1. Gene Wood
    Gene Wood

    I really enjoyed the class it was very informative and I learned some new techniques. What is the brand name of the router table used in the class. Can you recommend a brand of router table.

  2. David DiCarlo
    David DiCarlo

    As always, George provided an excellent overview and tips that will be helpful to me as I progress. Thank you.

  3. Richard Laverdiere
    Richard Laverdiere

    Thank you for the class on the router table, I learnt a lot, especially on the safety side. I will give them a try and practice them. These tips will be helpful on the projects I will be making.

  4. IAN

    Thanks George, a really helpful video. Can’t wait to try out on my router.

  5. Nizam Uddin
    Nizam Uddin

    Very informative and helpful course. Most likely is more time for hands on not on just talking. I will wait for more free classes.

  6. Robert Gonzalez
    Robert Gonzalez

    Very informative!
    I would like to get the exact same setup as shown on the videos (table, router, fence, etc.) can you provide info.?

  7. Tom

    Excellent class for a novice as I am just beginning to learn how to use a router table. Very basic in explaining the different uses of the router and what it can produce.

  8. william Strommen
    william Strommen

    how comb you never unlocked or locked the clamp on the motor after making adjustments?? William S.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi William. This lift is designed so that the adjustments are made by raising the entire router from the top of the table without requiring the clamp on the motor itself to be adjusted. The clamp and the router move together as one unit. It’s a very handy mechanism.
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  9. Wendy Keeler
    Wendy Keeler

    How do I add this to my account? There is no option to save it in one of my lists. Thanks!

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Since this is presented in an Article, you aren’t able to add it to a playlist. You can either bookmark the article on your browser or purchase the full class and have it to keep on your account:

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or call Customer Service. 


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  10. Dick

    This class couldn’t have come at a better time. I recently purchased a router table through Rockler and needed to gain some insight in its use. Thank you for this. I learned a lot and will be using it more. A quick set up on locking joint router bits would be a good add on segment.

  11. Dennis

    Excellent class. Many of these things I have done before, but it took me much longer since I was making things so much harder than they had to be. Thank you.


    One question Please,
    Is there a way to convert my router speed settings into RPM’s. I can not find for my Bosch router what the 6 speed settings convert to in actual RPM’s nor for other routers I have as well.
    Thanks for reading

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Patrick. I would think that the user manual would give you some direction on this. If not, look for the plate on the router that provides the speed range of the router motor. It could be something like 12,000 rpm to 24,000 rpm, or similar. The lowest number on the speed dial matches the lowest rpm in the range, and the highest number represents the max rpm. If there are six numbers on the speed dial find the intermediate speeds by dividing the range by 5, one less than the numbers shown on the speed dial. The result provides the rpm change as you rotate from number to number. So… 1=12,000 rpm, 2= 14,400 rpm. 3 = 16,800 rpm, and so on. This assumes a linear relationship between the speed dial and the speed range, which may or may not be the case. The manufacturer could tell you conclusively.
      Woodworkers Guild of America

  13. Mickee Lundby
    Mickee Lundby

    Really enjoy George step by step router class .learned some valuable tips thank you.