Saturday, March 20, 2010

Using a Router Table: The Basics

Using a router table is an important aspect of woodworking at home.  It is one of the first major tools I tell anyone they should purchase.  While there are some things you can do with a hand held router other things are impossible without using a router table.  Let's take a look at some of the things that can be done with a router table.

  • Working with long, short or narrow pieces of lumber.  A router table is very handy if you are doing mass production of pieces at one time. 
  • Edge trimming-using a router table eliminates the need to hold the piece and the pattern while you cut.
  • Using as a jointer-provides a space saving alternative to having a separate jointer.
  • Slots and grooves-saves time when doing multiple identical cuts.
  • Stopped cuts-much safer than using a hand held router. 
  • Dovetails-allows for a wide variety of joint sizes and configurations.
  • Raised door panels
  • Finger joints and drawer locks
This is only a small list of things you can do with a router table woodworking at home.  As you progress, you will be able to incorporate new techniques along with these.  The types of bits you own will also expand what you will be able to do with your router table.  Owning a router table will save you time and money.  I guarantee it will be a purchase you will not regret.

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