Most of us can’t even think about starting a woodworking project without pulling out our router. Here are some old tips and new tricks from our resident woodworkers to help you improve your efficiency with this versatile machine. Remember, a router is only as useful as its operator is the creative. In the same way, it only cuts as accurately as person (and jigs) helping to guide it.
Here are five great router tricks to help you get the most from this shop stalwart. These ideas from the Woodworker’s Journal staff — some old, some new— will soon have you working smarter, faster and more accurately.
Six Quick Router Safety Tips
1. Protect your eyes, ears and lungs with appropriate gear.
2. Always unplug your router when changing bits.
3. Inspect your router bits before chucking them into your router.
4. Reduce router speed when using larger-diameter bits.
5. Never capture stock between your fence and router bit.
6. Deep and/or wide cuts are best made in successive passes.