How to Use a Wood Router for Beginners

By | May 5, 2017

Wood routers are one of the best tools to use especially if you are really familiar with hardware works. For experts, wood routers are very effective and efficient to use but for beginners, it is another unfamiliar tool from the outer space. So let’s learn the basics about wood routers.

Routers have two kinds: the fixed base router and the plunge base router. Fixed base router, from the name itself, makes the bits and the based fixed and stay in the same position as what you put it. Meanwhile, Plunge base-router, the bit or the base can be locked and can be plunged in & out of the material. If you not sure of what kind of wood router is best for you, you can look at the different routers available in the manufacturers.

When buying a router, you always have to consider the speed of the router. To be safe, lower the router rpm when you are working with large diameter bits.

Before installing anything to your router, make sure that it’s unplugged. Cleaning the routers and installing the bits making it easier to use.

The last thing you want to see is your materials lying or flying across your workshop. You need to secure your materials on a bench. Make sure to clamp your materials in place but the clamp is a hindrance to your work so the best choice is to use a router mat which is an excellent way to provide a non-skid surface. With the mat- you can use work all the four edges without any interference.

Working with wood can get you splinters and blisters. It’s better to protect yourself from the danger of working with a router. Make sure to wear goggles, masks and gloves to protect yourself. If the router is too loud for you, you can use hearing protection for your ears.

In order to use the router safely, you need to move it to the right direction. If you are routing outside the edge you need to go in the counterclockwise direction. When routing inside the frame, move to clockwise direction.

Remember to use the right equipment for the right job. Using it incorrectly can be the cause of dullness of the tools. Make sure that before keeping your wood router, the bits are still sharp, smooth and clean. Remove the unnecessary particles because it can be a cause of rust in your equipment. Always watch your speed because it can make your tools broke easily.

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