George Vondriska

Hand-Held Router Techniques

George Vondriska
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Hand-Held Router Techniques
  • In-depth Instruction; over 97 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $19.99

Let’s get started by going over the array of routers in the market place. Then we’ll talk about bit selection, and how to properly mount a router bit in the collet of the router. We’ll also discuss bit maintenance, how you can test your bits to make sure they’re sharp and, if necessary, sharpen them in your shop.

One of the more common uses of a hand-held router is adding decorative details to an edge. The best cuts will be burn free and require little sanding, something you’ll be able to achieve after working through this part of the class. You’ll also learn the benefits of using a fence to guide your router.

Plunge routers provide a great way to make cuts such as mortises, and we’ll show you how to set up for this joint. You’ll also see how a router can:

- Be used as a cross cut tool
- Be used freehand for sign making
- Cut flutes for architectural details
- Put guide bushings to work

George wraps up this Class with a reminder to practice the skills you learned with your router – and make it one of the most versatile and effective tools in your shop.

4 Lessons
1  hrs 37  mins

Hand-held routers are incredibly versatile. Used properly, they can add detail to an edge, create rock solid joints, add decorative details, and more. There are many keys to successful and safe router use, and we’re proud to bring you a broad selection of router know- how in this video class.

Start with the Basics

What are the advantages and disadvantages of plunge and fixed base routers? When installing a router bit, just how much of the shank should be in the collet? Is it better to use 1/4″ or 1/2″ shank router bits? How do you know what the correct (and safe) feed direction is? We start by answering these questions, and so much more. This will significantly increase your confidence level when using a hand-held router. We’ll also provide you with buying advice that will help you make good choices on future router purchases.

Make the Cut

There are definitely right and wrong approaches when using a router. We’ll talk about what not to do, and provide you with the correct techniques that will help you achieve the best results with your router. In addition to general router skills, you’ll learn some great tricks that will simplify setting your router bits to a precise depth, every time.

Specific Skills

Once you’re comfortable with setting up and using your router for basic cuts, we’ll increase your router vocabulary by teaching you some more advanced skills. These can be used to simplify the work you do on your woodworking projects, make your projects look better and more professional, and add interesting decorative elements.

There are over 90 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.

George Vondriska

George Vondriska is the Editor in Chief here at Woodworkers Guild of America and has been sharing his woodworking expertise since 1986. Apart from conducting classes at his renowned Vondriska Woodworks School, George's passion for teaching has taken him to woodworking shows nationwide and has led him to teach woodworking for prestigious organizations such as Peace Corps/Swaziland, Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines, and the Pentagon. With a wealth of published magazine articles under his belt, encompassing tool reviews and shop improvement projects, George's knowledge and skills continue to inspire woodworkers every day. To discover more about him and his school, visit

George Vondriska

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Hand-Held Router Techniques Purchase this class for $19.99.