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.
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.
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.
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.
Another great feature to look for on routers is a self-releasing collet. They greatly simplify removing bits from your router.
For more info on the Bora 3.5 hp router visit Bora’s website.