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Our 20 Best Router Tips and Tricks

Make your router more accurate and versatile using these simple jigs and techniques.

Pat Warner has designed specialty router bits and is currently developing a collection of inexpensive, disposable, single-flute mortising bits.

The router table works well for mortises up to 1/4" wide. With mortises larger than that, I find I have better control by plunging the bit into the work with a plunge router rather than plunging the work onto the bit.

If you want to make a lot of picture frames fast, try this technique.

Why waste wood when you can nip the dips on the ends of your power-planed boards? Here's how.

To run your router safely and efficiently, know the speed limits for various bits.

Don't let router burns become a black mark against your skills. Eliminate them as quickly as they appeared.

Even with more router bit choices than ever, there's still a place for straight bits.

Add elegant arches to any raised-panel door using a simple set of templates and a flush-trim router bit

For versatility, you can't beat a router. Here's some advice to help you start enjoying this essential tool today.

To err is human. To hide your mistakes using a flush-trim V-groove bit is divine.

For cutting miters in small project parts, nothing matches the dead-on accurate results of a router table equipped with a chamfer bit

If raw muscle won't break a bit loose from your router's collet, fear not. Other options wait in reserve.

These handy cutters let you hide the fasteners for wall-hung projects.

Take your joints from "not quite" to "super tight" using these basic tools and methods.

Don't let a trim router's small package fool you: These one-handed wonders have emerged from the shadows of their full-size cousins to earn their keep in your workshop.

Here are 10 ways a plunge router beats a fixed-base router.

How to rout rounded workpieces without troublesome tear-out.

Using a shop-made router table, you won't have to remove the subbase when changing between freehand work and table work. One of our readers shows you how.

With a bandsaw you can get multiple pieces nearly identical. But with a template and a flush-trim bit, you can get them exact.

Custom router-table plates can get expensive. But, with a tablesaw and drill press, you can create your own.

Making cones, columns, or cylinders is a barrel of fun and requires little monkeying around when you chuck one of these unique cutters in your router.

Carbide is a hard material, but it's also brittle. Protect your carbide-tipped bits with this tip.

We all know that chamfer bits work great for easing exposed edges. But did you know that with them you can cut dead-on miters with little setup involved? Here's how.

Think outside the box joint

Perhaps no other joint has more strength or better looks than a corner joined by through dovetails. But here's a much simpler joinery process that comes pretty close.

The one-bit solution to strong interlocking joints.

Improve your router tables to adjust more than a few inches.

A turn at the tablesaw can cut down on the amount of work your router bit has to do when making a raised panel. You can shape much more accurately and safely because you'll have less wood to rout. We'll show you how.

This free woodworking video teaches you to rout perfect-fit dados with ease.

Shortly after assuming his duties as our new project builder, Chuck Hedlund made it a priority to flatten the benchtops in the WOOD? magazine shop.

Can't afford a jointer yet? Here's one great alternative.

Try this clever technique with your router's keyhole bit to create sturdy book ends for a book shelf.

Boring big or odd-size holes just got a whole lot easier using this simple method.

To keep fingers safely away from your bit when routing, use a pushblock.

A bumped elbow, or just a slip of the hand, and there it is-a router miscut.

With wood scraps, round-over bits, and a table-mounted router, you can make your own. Here's how.

If you don't have a jointer or if you're just getting into woodworking, a router table with fences and a straight bit can suffice for edge-jointing short boards.

To adjust your router tale, use a turnbuckle to simply clamp one end of the fence and make fine adjustments to the other end, before or after.

These router bits help you dress up exposed plywood edges.

They add a new dimension to this bit.

Rounded edges give a project a softer, smoother look.

Here's a simple way to clean up the rough edges of tablesaw cuts in acrylic.

Need perfectly parallel dovetail or grooves, give this reader-submitted jig a try.

Drilling end holes and sawing out the waste between them is one way to form a slot.

A router table starter pin puts you in control of your work for smoother results.

See more in-depth routing technique and feature articles from the editors of WOOD magazine.

Properly handled a router and the multitude of bits that fit it can make difficult machining easy. Try this proven ideas to improve your routing operations.

Make your router more accurate and versatile using these simple jigs and techniques.

Raised-panel router bits help you create raised panels for cabinet and passage doors. But the size of these bits-up to 3 1/2" in diameter-makes them dangerous in a hand-held router. For safety, you should put raised-panel bits in a variable-speed router mounted to a router table.

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

They look a little like the striped pole in front of a high-tech barber shop, but spiral bits do more than take a little off the top. Use them wherever you'd use a straight bit and get cleaner cuts.

Rout stopped profiles and cuts using these simple stopblocks.

With a starter pin, a bit shield, and a little practice, you can safely rout freehand on your router table.

A straight router bit can cut out just about any shape you want. All if needs is a little guidance from you.

No matter how long you work with wood, there are always new things to learn.

Let a pro do the resharpening, but between trips keep then tuned up with a few file strokes.

This reader-submitted cord caddy keeps your cords close at hand, eliminating fumbling for that cord after you're finished changing bits.

Guide bushings may be the most misunderstood of all router accessories.

Make these versatile bits more effective with this tall fence.

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