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  1. How Do You Make Perfect Templates?

    Using a plywood template to route furniture parts

    Is there an easy way to make templates?

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  2. How to Make Custom Wood Signs

    router template sign making examples

    Making custom signs is a great way to be creative and build something that is unique. The Rockler Interlock Signmaker's Template Kits make it much easier to create signs that feature multiple font styles. You can choose our new Script Font, State Park Font, Comic Sans Font and new Emoji symbols.

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  3. Making Picture Frames with a Compact Router?

    Using router to cut interior groove on a picture frame

    Is a compact router a good choice for cutting picture frame joints?

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  4. Choosing the Best Router Circle Cutting Jig

    rockler circle cutting jigs

    The easiest and most accurate way to cut a circle might be by using a router and a circle cutting jig. The jig acts as a compass mounted on your router. You secure the center and then position the router so that the bit is located at the radius of the circle you want to cut. You can make a simple version out of plywood, but if you want the versatility to easily cut different size circles, then we recommend one of the Rockler circle cutting jigs. We make 5 jig kit options that look pretty similar, so which one do you choose?

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  5. How to Improve Parts Cutting

    Using a paper template to guide jigsaw cuts

    How can you improve your part cutting with a jigsaw?

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  6. Why is My Band Saw Stalling When I Resaw?

    Sawing thin panels using a band saw

    Why is my band saw motor dying when I'm trying to resaw?

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  7. Choosing the Best Router Table for Your Shop


    If you’re in the shopping for a new router table, but you’re feeling lost in all the component options, Rockler’s new online Router Table Configurator can help! We’ll click our way through it, in this demo video.
    A router table is unlike most other machines in a woodshop because you can customize it just the way you want it. There are different kinds of tables, fence systems, choices for hanging the router itself, and base options. And those are just the major pieces! Then, there’s all the different accessory options to consider, too – which is a GOOD thing.
    Rockler’s new online Router Table Configurator makes the shopping process easier than ever.

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  8. Why Not Pull Through a Sliding Miter Saw Cut?

    Pushing a sliding miter saw cut through a board

    Is there a reason why people push a cut through a miter saw instead of pulling it?

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