Trim routers are a very handy tool to have in the shop, in part because they’re so easy to handle with one hand. This instructional video teaches you how to use a flush trim router bit, a V-bit for free-hand sign making, and a roman ogee bit. All of these cutters can be easily used in a trim router.
Why a router?
Routers are amazingly versatile tools to have in you shop, available for your woodworking projects. There’s a nearly infinite array of router bit profiles and shapes that can be mounted in a router. And, with their high RPM (revolutions per minute), the surface left behind typically requires very little sanding. Make sure that you’re getting the most out of your router by checking the instruction WoodWorkers Guild of America provides on how to use a router.
The router family
Routers range in size from trim routers, which are easily hand held, to large machines best suited for use in a router table because of their size and weight. Trim routers got their name from being used with flush trim router bits on plastic laminate, and are a great router to use for detail work.
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Flush Trim Router provided by MLCS. For more information, visit www.mlcswoodworking.com.
when I moved the bit thru grain direction changes it sometimes “jerks” & the groove is crooked. is this from being too deep? How do I prevent this, as it ruins that attempt. thank you
Hi Mike. This is a common situation. Yes, a lighter cut would typically help to reduce the force that this would deliver to the router and make it easier for you to control through the cut.
Paul Woodworkers Guild of America
See the opening picture on the video of the router in middle, bits in box and straight fence on left, spanner clear tube and that little right angle slotted fitting with the roller? I recently bought and 800W trim router and the manual doesn’t tell what that little fitting is for or how to fit it. I know it has something to do with either flush trimming or circle cutting. Can you show me how it’s used. I have the same straight fence as yours but that little jig with the adjustable roller has me confused.Thanks for your help.
I was hoping to see how to use the bearing guide attachment shown at the beginning. I’ve got that attachment but don’t understand exactly how it works.
What type of glue did you use for the free hand routing?
Use a spray adhesive such as this one: http://www.amazon.com/3M-General-Purpose-45-Adhesive/dp/B000PCWRMC/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1444839706&sr=1-2&keywords=spray+adhesive
For this application, spray the adhesive onto the back of your paper template and let it dry for roughly 1 minute before applying to the work piece. This will make it easier to remove when you are done routing.
Thank you for the reply and link for the adhesive!
And by the way, I love your website, it’s my first “go-to” site.
Those of us that do a bunch of scroll sawing, often use 3M 77 adhesive – http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=3M+Super+77+Multi-Purpose+Adhesive%2C+4.37-Ounce
When ready to remove the paper, a wipe with some mineral spirits on the paper, wait about a minute and the paper peals right off. Another wipe or two with mineral spirits and the rest of any adhesive is gone.
Another option, is to wrap the wood face in packing tape, apply the 3M-77, then apply the pattern. Once your done cutting, just remove the packing tape and maybe a single wipe with mineral spirits on the wood face and your done. Hope this helps some…..