Handheld Router Basics

Duration: 15:26

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 router, is one that allows you to set the router bit’s depth of cut and lock the router base with the bit in that position. Look for a router that provides ¼” and ½” collets. Variable speed is very important so that as you change router bits you can adjust the speed. Use this router bit speed chart as an rpm guide.

Edge profile

You can dress up edges on your projects with profile router bits. Pay attention to feed direction to make sure you’re not climb cutting, and make sure you start and stop the router correctly. A router pad prevents your material from sliding around the workbench while you’re working on it. The bearing on the router bit controls the lateral depth of cut, the router controls vertical depth of cut.

Cutting dadoes

An easy to make shop-made jig makes cutting dadoes dirt simple. In addition to being perfect for dadoes the jig can be used to trim large panels to final size. Follow the directions for making the jig so it’s customized for your router., and you’ll be ready to use it on your next project.

Self-releasing collets

Another great feature to look for on routers is a self-releasing collet. They greatly simplify removing bits from your router.

More info

For more info on the Bora 3.5 hp router visit Bora’s website.

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6 Responses to “Handheld Router Basics”

  1. James Mullen
    James Mullen

    In the beginnin of this video, you mention a router speed chart “attached at the end of the vedeo”. I did not see that and wonder if you could provide it again.

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      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Hello. In the description, under Buying Advice, you will find at the end of the paragraph “router bit speed chart” highlighted. Click on that and you will get the speed chart.
        If you have any questions, please email, chat or phone customer service.
        Thanks
        Sarah
        Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  2. John
    John

    Great video. I especially liked that you gave lots of tips based on your experience using routers over the years. I will reiterate as was mentioned in another comment that I also couldn’t find the speed chart you referenced in the video.

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    • John
      John

      Oops. After a little careful reading, I found the link to the speed chart.

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  3. Rocco Maley
    Rocco Maley

    Excellent information for a beginner like me. Get safety tips too. Thank you.

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