Fine Woodworking’s Routers & Router Tables by coll.

By coll.

The router is the main flexible and innovative energy software within the woodworking store, in a position to shaping profiles, making reproduction copies, flush-trimming, and slicing approximately each joint used to construct cupboards and furnishings. upload a router desk to the combination, and you'll do these kind of initiatives with precision and simplicity. yet wait—there’s nonetheless another severe device essential to be armed and able to tackle any undertaking: Routers & Router Tables.
In this all-new selection of 20 nice articles from America’s most well known woodworking journal, Routers & Router Tables gathers the main updated details on routers and router tables, bits and jigs, counsel and methods for router joinery, and lots more and plenty extra. no matter if your concentration is precision, house savers, versatility, or all the above, this consultant will express woodworkers the neatest path to routers for attaining their most sensible paintings.

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Fence Bearing Raise the bit to full height and set the fence flush with the bearing to cut a classical ogee profile. Raise the bit to full height and bring the fence toward the front to cut its bead profile. Lower the bit and set the fence flush with the bearing to create a cove. ROU T ER -TA BL E BA SIC S 53 Making molding is easy The router table is great for cutting molding because of its large reference surfaces and because its fi xed bit allows you to bring narrow stock to the cutter. Making such cuts with a handheld router is nearly impossible, either because the work is too small or the bit is too large for handheld operation.

The 45° model I’ve included in this kit (11⁄4 in. ) is the most common. It’s faster than a block plane for creating uniform chamfers on legs, aprons, and tabletops. You also can use it to achieve great visual effects (see the photo below). The bearing on the bottom of the bit allows you to make cuts without a fence. To increase the depth of the chamfer, raise the bit. Eased edges. A 45° chamfer bit can soften the edges of legs, aprons, and tabletops. Thick and thin. You can make a beefy top look thinner by chamfering the bottom edge and a thin top look thicker by chamfering the top edge.

But that’s only half the battle. Woodworkers new to the router will encounter a bewildering array of bits that do all sorts of work. Which ones do you buy first? High-quality router bits are not cheap, and making the wrong choices can hurt your wallet and limit your woodworking. So I’ve come up with a basic set of bits that will do a lot of things well, from cutting joinery to shaping profiles to pattern-routing. The entire kit is well worth the money when you consider all the jobs you can complete with it.

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