Essential Handheld Router Techniques

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Duration: 1:18:28

The router is one of most versatile power tools in your shop and is a must-have for any woodworker. Watch this woodworking video and learn a number of router techniques from our master woodworker, George Vondriska. George starts with buying advice, covering the various types and sizes of routers, from tiny trim routers, to 3+ horsepower behemoths, to battery powered routers. You’ll know what these routers are used for and how to pick the right one for your woodworking needs. Features such as variable speed, soft start, and fixed and plunge base designs are covered.

You’ll also learn about router bits, including insert tooling, bearings, and shank sizes. George also introduces the basics of using a router; mounting bits properly, setting depth of cut, securing work on the bench, starting your cut, feed direction and stopping your cut. The video describes more advanced techniques, such as inlay work, routing dadoes, flush trimming plugs, edge joining large boards, climb cuts, and cross cutting long panels.

Finally, George covers router and bit maintenance, including sharpening a router bit.

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