For versatility, you can't beat a router. Decorative edging, joinery, trimming, and much more fall within the router's capability.
With just a router, a straight bit, and a router trammel, you easily can form large, perfectly circular parts such as this project's tabletop.
Virtually every cabinet you build uses rabbet joinery somewhere: for lock-rabbet drawers, on inset doors, as a recess to house the back of a bookcase. A rabbeting router bit helps you make them all.
In this article, Jim Heavey shows you how you can use an ogee with a fillet to create six different profiles.
These cutters have grown increasingly popular in recent years because they don't require a big, variable-speed router (as horizontal raised-panel bits do). But, there are trade-offs that you need to consider.
When you want to use your router, you don't want to waste time routing through drawers and toolboxes for router bits, wrenches, and other accessories. This compact, wall-mounted organizer keeps everything you need, including your router, in plain sight.
Our sliding tabletop lets you guide your stock straight over a router bit.
I use a plastic fisherman's tackle box to hold my router bits.