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.
Don't let router burns become a black mark against your skills. Eliminate them as quickly as they appeared.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try this clever technique with your router's keyhole bit to create sturdy book ends for a book shelf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This reader-submitted cord caddy keeps your cords close at hand, eliminating fumbling for that cord after you're finished changing bits.