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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-27-2010, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, I have been looking at earlier posts and have found some very helpful posts. As a new router user I was wondering are there basics that are able to be posted which new users such as myself can learn from.

Can advice be given among other things on.

1- Is a different router speed required when routing hard wood and soft wood.

2- When free hand routing shaped objects such as rectangles, squares etc with a router bit that has a bearing, is it best to start on a corner or partway along an edge. Also what is the best method to use to start cutting with the bit, i.e how is the wood best approached with the router.

3- When installing a router bit how far should it extend out of the collet. Also what is the best way to know the bit is installed properly

4- Other than obvious signs such as chipping, burnt bits etc, how do you know when the bit is beyond use.

And any other things that may help a new router user.

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Sorry for not answering your questions directly. Instead, I would highly recommend getting a couple of good books. Bill Hylton's 'Woodworking with the Router' and Pat Warner's 'The Router Book' come to mind. There you will find all the answers to your questions and most everything else you will have questions about (regarding routers).

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Hi Hank:

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1 – The speed setting of the router is used to change the speed of the bit for different bit sizes. For bit diameters up to 1-1/2 inches, top router speed is recommended. Beyond the 1-1/2 inches, the router speed is decreased. The type of wood should govern the speed one moves the bit through the wood. For softwood, one can move faster. For hardwood, slower.

2 – When free-hand routing an edge, I usually start just off the right end and route towards the left for about an inch. Then I start from just off the left end and do the entire length of the edge. Doing the inch on the right end first helps to avoid tear out.

3 – Some manufacturers state that at least 80 percent of the shank should be in the collet. The usual thing is to bottom out the shank in the collet and then pull it back out a small amount (say, 1/16’.)

4 – Dull bits move through wood slower.

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Thanks for the replies,

I really appreciate it.

One thing I have found that makes things easier was the post on using your right hand to know which way to rout items.

Are there any other basics I or any other new router user should be aware of, "traps for new users"

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Thanks for the replies,

I really appreciate it.

One thing I have found that makes things easier was the post on using your right hand to know which way to rout items.

Are there any other basics I or any other new router user should be aware of, "traps for new users"

Hank
Hi Hank - kinda hard to answer a question that hasn't been asked. The best I can answer this one is "probably". I found out about the right hand rule the same way you did, by browsing the forum. A lot of these tidbits show up in responses to questions or even in the questions themselves. I try to stop in here at least once a day just to browse the new posts and see whats here, never know when another gem will come along.
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