Category Archive for: ‘Wood Routers’

The Best Accessible Routing Tools

The Best Accessible Routing Tools

Needing reasonable accommodations can’t and shouldn’t stop you from the wide world of routing. Accessible shop features and tools are mostly easy to come by – and even those designed for typically abled people can almost always be adapted to work for you. Routing is for everyone, and accessible routing is within reach. Whether you’re working on setting up a …

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Reinventing the Circle: How Do You Cut Yours?

Cutting Circle

Even though it seems like it should be a simple task, cutting a circle with a router is a lot trickier than most people think. There are a few different ways to get the job done, and the method that works best for one person may cause someone else nothing but frustration. If you’ve been struggling to create a good-looking …

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A Basic Guide to Router Cuts

A Guide to Router Cuts

What’s the difference between a dado, a rabbet and a groove? It sounds like the start to a convoluted joke, but really, it’s a topic that bears discussing. Beyond the butt joint, these types of cuts form the simplest joints possible in woodworking. They’re traditional, they’re easy and they’re all fairly similar — with slight differences. Mastering these three types …

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Portable Router That Keeps Bogging Down?

Routerbog

If you’re working your router extra hard, you might notice it’s slowing down and not putting out as much effort as it did at the start of your project. This loss of power – referred to as “bogging down” – happens for a number of reasons, and the solution depends on the cause of the bog. Heat-Related Bog If you’re …

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The Best Router Wrenches of 2018

Routerwrench

Anyone who works with wood knows that the most time-consuming and often frustrating part of using a router is changing the bits. It’s especially difficult when using a plunge router, as the wrench must be inserted between the plunge posts and other parts of the machine. There are hundreds of different types of bits that can be used with wood …

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What Is CNC Routing?

What Is CNC Routing?

From dental offices to woodworking, computer numerically controlled systems, or CNC routers, are taking dozens of industries by storm. If you aren’t yet using this technology, it may be time to start. Check out this brief guide to learn more and decide if the advantages are right for you. What is the History of CNC Routing? The idea for CNC …

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Best Shop Safety Practices

Best Shop Safety Practices

Safety in the wood shop is important. You’re almost certainly familiar with all of the big shop safety rules and apply them whenever you’re working on a piece. Have you ever stopped to think about how different the safety requirements are for different pieces of equipment, though? Consider a table saw… that’s one tool that you never want to reach …

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Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Table Mounted vs. Portable Routers

Woodworkers, contractors, carpenters and DIYers have all used a router at one time or another. Everyone has their preference, but regardless of how the router of your choice works, it should at least include specific features that make it easy to handle. Those features can range from ergonomic handles or horsepower to electronic feedback capabilities or speed controls. Every feature …

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Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

Buying and Selling Used Routers and Bits

If you’re a woodworker, your router is an essential piece of equipment. For woodworkers just starting out, the idea of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on one tool can be a daunting idea. For seasoned crafters, it might be time to upgrade, but you don’t know what to do with the old router. A solution for both? Selling the …

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Routers 101

Routers101

If you’re just getting started in woodworking, choosing your first router can be bewildering if you allow yourself to get lost in the endless array of styles, sizes, prices and features available on the market. So, before wading in, think about what the router’s primary uses will be, along with an honest evaluation of your skill level. A router is …

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