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What tips have you learned in your experience using a router that you wish you knew earlier?

What simple things do you do that save you time, effort, money, or just makes life easier for you?

Let's learn from each other and share our tips!

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bearing guided bits as a 1st choice over router guide bushings when ever possible...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Learning how to make jigs. There is no way to get from beginner to master without them.
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Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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My tip for the 'back yard' wood worker would be to buy and learn the benefits of a set of guide bushings.
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With the router mounted in a table I make two different profiles on a box lid without changing the bit height. The bit I use is a classic ogee from Lee Valley. I set the fence approximately where it will need to be. On one end of the fence I drill a 3/8" hole through the fence support and through the table (home made fence and table). I insert a 3/8" bolt. This bolt is never removed. The other end I clamp the fence and adjust the fence until I get the deepest profile I'll want. This is generally a classic ogee cut. I drill a 3/8" hole through the fence at the end where the clamp is - hole through the fence support and tabletop. I then move the fence closer to the front of the table clamping it as I go until I get the 2nd profile. This profile is a slight round-over. I then drill another hole through the end of the fence support and tabletop where the clamp is. I put the two hole an inch or so apart. Now if I want to put a classic ogee cut on a box top I put a 3/8" bolt in the correct hole in the fence and on through the tabletop and make my cut. To make a round over on the bottom side of the box lid I pull the bolt out and move the fence toward the front of the table and put the 3/8" bolt into the other hole. Works perfect every time without changing the bit.
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good idea...
box is very nicely done too...

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Great idea, Malcolm. I have some of this work coming up, and I think you have saved me a lot of time and aggravation. Jim
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