Woodworking Router Projects and Tips

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  • Pattern Bit vs Flush Trim Bit

    A router allows the use of pattern bits and flush trim bits that both allow you to follow a guide and use that as a template for your work. The design of both of these bits includes a bearing of the same diameter as the cutter. The bearing is placed against the surface that is…

  • Handheld Router Basics

    Handheld routers can add so much to your woodworking and your shop, but it’s very important that you use them correctly. Routers run at a very high rpm and, of course, they’re used with very sharp bits, so can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Buying advice The router used in the video, a fixed base…

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    Upcut vs Downcut Spiral Router Bits

    A straight router bit is a workhorse tool in many woodworking shops. Picking out the best router bit for your needs with all of the choices on the market today, however, can be a daunting task. The solid carbide spiral router bit offers us a durable option that can also improve the cut quality for…

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    How to Remove CNC Tabs

    When you want to automate production and bring some precision to a project, nothing beats CNC technology. The world of CNC is exploding these days in a very positive way to bring a spectrum of innovative and economical solutions to production shops as well as hobbyists. While CNC routers can automate many of the tasks…

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    Choosing a Router Base: Flat vs Round Side

    There are lots of aspects of woodworking that are intuitive. Some, not so much. This is an example of not so much. Routers and Fences One way to guide a router through a cut is to attach a fence to the router, allowing the fence to ride along the edge of your work. An alternative…

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    How to Use a Flush Trim Router Bit with V-Groove

    Most of the time when you’re attaching a face frame to a cabinet carcase you want to finish it so that it is perfectly flush with a seamless appearance between the face frame and the carcase. Every once in a while, however, you may want to create a point of interest in that area. Perhaps…

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    How to Cross Cut with a Router

    So you’re working on a project where you need to cut a big wide slab, perhaps a table or a bench, and you say to yourself “how can I cut this cleanly in such a way that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life sanding the end grain smooth?”. You are correct…

  • Jointing boards with a router

    Jointing with a Router

    Perhaps you are just getting started in woodworking and you don’t have a jointer in your shop. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a jointer, there are situations where the boards that you want to joint exceed the capacity of your jointer. Sure, if you have money and space you can always use…

  • Cut Biscuit Grooves with a Router

    Workaround: Cut Biscuit Grooves with a Router

    So you need to cut a few biscuit grooves but don’t own a biscuit (plate) joiner — No problem, cutting the grooves with your router and a slot-cutter bit is easy. So I’ll bet you’re wondering if it’s so easy then why even own a biscuit joiner? Well there are pros and cons: Pros: Great…

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    Router Woodworking Basics: How to Use a Router

    Want to use a router, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to use a router with these router woodworking techniques and tips. Boy, I use routers a lot. They can do so much. From adding a profile to an edge to cutting dovetail joints, a router is an incredibly versatile machine. But if…

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