Tips for beginners who want to use a router



Every do-it-yourselfer and hobbyist will have to deal with a router at some point. With its different milling inserts, it helps to make the job easier and often to achieve better quality. I see the router as the most versatile power tool for woodworking in my workshop. In most cases I use the router to smooth out edges, create curves or cut grooves. But there are countless cutters, all of which can be used for different patterns and purposes.
I would like to briefly explain some applications here.

Making perfect edges

The perfect know

Cutting a clean and smooth edge on a piece of wood, whether straight or curved, often does not produce the desired result, but a router with a router can produce a nicely finished edge. Using a template, these cuts can be transferred to different pieces of wood so that they are all identical.

Mill clean folds

mill the discount
mill the discount

A rabbet is a recess or one-sided groove in the edge of the wood. The fold is most often used in the manufacture of cabinets and shelves, in which the back panel is then placed. Discounts are also used to make door and window jambs. Most routers accept a variety of rabbet bits that cut the rabbet to the desired width.

milling grooves

milling grooves
milling grooves

A groove is a recess to receive sliding door rails or shelves. A straight cutter of any width is used for this, which is usually also used for rebate cutters.

Milling lettering and patterns

A font is milled into a board

With the router and so-called letter cutters, patterns and letters can be easily engraved into the wood. This way you can quickly create signs, signposts and the like. To do this, the script or pattern is drawn on the piece of wood and the template is traced with the router.



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