How do I use a router

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Use your router to create fancy woodwork
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Create edges that look professional by using a router

If you're tired of plain edges on your woodwork, you can use a router to create some that are fancy and stunning. Problem is, a router isn't a simple tool that just about everyone knows how to use, like a hammer.

Fortunately, just about anyone can learn. So if you're wondering "How do I use a router" you don't have to wonder any longer.

Safety First

Before you do any kind of work with your router, you've got to make sure you're safe. Use safety glasses and ear plugs. Routers are potentially dangerous tools and they're loud, too. In order to keep your eyes from experiencing any stray pieces that happen to fly at you during the routing process. Additionally, the loud motor can damage your ears, if they aren't protected. So take the necessary safety precautions before you attempt to do any sort of routing.

Additionally, unplug the router whenever you want to change the router bit. Doing so prevents you from getting hurt during the changing process.  

Edge Routing

Using the router power tool to add style to your otherwise boring edges is quite easy. First, you'll need to clamp your board down to the table to make sure it is stable when you use the router. Use a sharp bit that is turning counter-clockwise to get a gorgeous edge. 

To prevent burning, you'll need to make three passes, going deeper each time. And before you start on your wood, make sure you practice on a test piece first. Doing so allows you to practice your technique to make sure you don't create chipping.

Rabbet Cutting

You can use your router to cut rabbet grooves into the back of cabinets and bookcases to allow you to slide in pieces of plywood through the back. To do this, you'll need a rabbet bit. Select a rabbet bit that will cut your wood the same thickness as the plywood for easy insertion. Adjust the depth of the router so that it will produce a 1/2-inch cut. Set it to cut counter-clockwise, then place it on the wood. Use one pass to create the edge and you'll be set.

Selecting Bits

A router is pretty much useless unless you have a collection of bits for various projects. Choosing the correct bit is of the utmost importance. Smaller bits work best for faster rpms, and larger bits are better for slower speeds. When you're installing your bit, make sure your router is unplugged. Keep your hands and any cords away from a spinning bit or else you could find yourself in serious danger.

Now that you no longer have to ask "How do I use a router," you can begin your woodworking adventures. You can make stylish shelves and other nice pieces to feature in your home.


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