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How To Use A Router
- Aug 13, 2018 -

SECURE YOUR WORK

The last thing you want as you’re routing your material is to have to chase it across the shop. It needs to be secure to your bench. One solution is to clamp your material in place, but the clamp often gets in the way of the router and has to be repositioned. My preference is to use a router mat which provides an excellent non-skid surface . With your project on the mat you can work around all four edges without interference. You can find router mats at some home centers and woodworking specialty stores.


Here’s a tip. If it seems like your mat is losing its grip, rinse it under water to get the dust out of it. That usually helps 

PROTECT YOURSELF

Don’t even consider plugging the router in until you’ve got ear and eye protection on. Routers are loud enough to cause permanent damage to your hearing if you’re not protected. And you should, of course, always wear eye protection when using tools.

GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

In order to safely use a router, you’ve got to move it in the right direction. When routing the outside edge of a board, you should go counterclockwise (Photo 9). Going in the correct direction prevents the router from climb cutting and getting away from you.


When routing the inside edge of a frame, move in a clockwise direction .


START IN THE RIGHT SPOT

If you’re routing all four edges of a board, it’s important to make the cuts in the right sequence. Start on end grain . As the bit exits the end grain, it may slightly chip the adjacent edge. When you rout that edge you’ll automatically clean up any chipping.



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