How to Use a Wood Router

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wood-router-porter-cableIf you’ve read gardening & home’s guide on how to choose the best wood router for you, then I’m sure you’ve already bought one. Wood routers are useful, especially for cabinetry. A lot of contractors for hotels use this tool, you know!

Whatever it is you’re about to do, you should know how to use a wood router properly. Fortunately, there are only five steps, and here they are:

Step 1: Wearing the right attire

To be completely safe from any mishaps, wear gloves, eye protection, earmuffs or other ear protection, and durable shoes.

Step 2: Installing the bit

Various router bits allow you to design the edges of wood with multiple shapes. No matter what bit you’ll use for a woodworking project, it’s essential to install it correctly so as not to accidentally injure yourself or ruin the piece of wood you’re working on. How will you know it’s inserted properly? If It’s secured into the collet of the router. Incorrectly putting the bit will cause it to vibrate, which may result in a rough profile or a disaster. It goes without saying, a wrongly installed bit is an accident waiting to happen.

Step 3: Securing the material

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You can secure the wood in two ways—you can either use a clamp or a mat. On the one hand, using a clamp to ensure the wood is in place while you cut is time-consuming. For one, you’ll have to reposition the clamp before you continue working so that it won’t be an obstacle to the wood router. Adjusting the clamp numerous times is also taxing for a beginner. On the other hand, you can use a quality router mat and place it underneath the wood to make sure it will stay in position. You don’t have to worry about rearranging it like a clamp because it’s beneath the material you’re working on, giving you a much better view on the status of the wood you’re cutting. However, mats tend to lose their grip at some point—that means they’ve accumulated too much dust. The best thing to do is to rinse them with water when this occurs.

 

Step 4: Knowing where to begin

Going to route all four edges of a piece of wood? Begin with the end grain. Doing so might crack the edge adjacent to it, but don’t panic; that’s normal. You can correct that side later on anyway.

Step 5: Moving to the correct route

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If you’re going to hollow out the outside edge of your wood, move the router counterclockwise. And of course, go clockwise if you’re routing the inside edge. Remember to move on the right course. Doing so will keep your router from running away from you and climb cutting.