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Routing Parallel Slots

Reader Charles Hoffman details his tip for routing perfectly parallel slots. With a Baltic birch plywood subbase and a hardwood guide, Charles finished his project in no time.

The clear acrylic sub-base gives you an unobstructed view for handheld work.

Store router bits, sanding drums, and drill bits with this organizer.

Cut dadoes to the desired width with the help of this handy shop aid.

Here's a way to quickly trim the solid-wood edge banding on plywood shelves yet still give good support for your router. First, cut dadoes to fit the shelving in a single piece of scrap plywood; then rip that piece down the middle to make two perfectly matched caps.

Learn to make simple templates in this free woodworking video.

Cutting on-the-money rabbets for half-lap joints with a portable circular saw and handheld router is a breeze with this two-in-one jig.

Reach for your router and this jig to cut clean, accurate dadoes, rabbets, and half-laps.

For more woodworking plans for your router and other shop tools, visit the Jigs, Fences, Organizers, and Accessories section within the WOOD Store.

Woodworking instructor Carol Reed's shop-made push blocks not only protect your fingers at the router table, they give you much more control for accuracy and success.

Our sliding tabletop lets you guide your stock straight over a router bit.

My table-mounted router seemed ideal for shaping 3/4" stock into knobs for a box I was building, but the small blanks--only 1 1/2" square--would make the job hazardous to my hands. So I built the jig, shown at right, to hold onto the blanks.

Rout stopped profiles and cuts using these simple stopblocks.

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