Router Table Tips and Tricks

Category: Router tables

The Best Router tables are ideal for cutting your own moldings. Making use of router table is quite less stressful than when you use the router alone, it is also faster; there won’t be any clamping of boards with the router table. With a router table, narrow boards that are hard to shape are way easier than when you use just the router. Use feather boards and a push stick to protect your fingers.

You should begin by tightening the bit into the router, mount the router in the base and adjust the height of the bit. You don’t have to bother yourself about getting the fence square to the table, it really does not matter, especially for this kind of cut. If your bit happens to have a bearing guide, you should lay a straightedge against the fence and adjust it until there is a thin line between the outer edge of the bearing and the straightedge. Next, what you do is to clamp the feather boards to the table and the fence so as to hold the work against the bit. This helps you concentrate squarely on pushing the board.

For you to avoid burn marks from the router bit, you should feed the board at a steady rate and not stop. And the rate of feed you give it will depend on the type of wood and the bit you’re working with. As you get better at woodwork, you will be able to best tell the best rate just by listening to the router and feeling the resistance as you push against the board.

Any cut that is more than 3/8 inches deep can put a strain on the router motor, put unnecessary strain on the bit, and leave a rough or chipped surface on the wood. And to avoid this, you would need to adjust the fence so that the bit removes about over 2/3 of the wood with the first pass. After you do this, you should then readjust the fence and make the final pass at a faster feed rate.

Router Table Safety

Router bits spin very fast and because of this they need your constant attention. Accidents can very easily happen. Below are some safety tips you can follow:

  • Make sure you unplug the router when you are changing the bit.
  • Push the bit into the collet.
  • Cover the bit with a guard whenever you can.
  • Wear safety glasses as well as hearing protection.
  • Use the feather boards and push sticks to keep your fingers far from the bit.
  • Move your work pieces left to right against the fence.
  • Move your workpieces counterclockwise around the piloted bit.
  • Do not position the fence in a way that the work is pushed between it and the bit.

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