After reading some good router table reviews, you may buy a suitable model. If not, this is a great website for you to refer woodworkingbuddy.com. However, owning the best router table is not enough to be a professional worker. Below are 6 good router tips for your better work:
Flattening wide boards:
Before starting, you need to prepare a flat, big surface such as a hollow-core door or a large workbench. To avoid rocking, you had better lay it on the bench & put it above shims. After that, mill 2 guide ones around 1-ft longer than the workpiece. Clamp or screw both to the bench top equally in distance. Create a sliding carriage for the router from 2 1-in by 1-in aluminum angle pieces then fasten them to 2 cleats.
You can be ready to do after setting up a big-diameter bit in the router. After sliding your router back & forth on the carriage, advance it down the board’s length.
2 feather boards ensure accuracy:
When you cut narrow moldings for getting a smooth, straight cut, the best plan would be to utilize 2 feather boards. But, it seems to be impossible to feed the stock safely all of the methods through. You should solve this as making the molding extra-long and leaving a few uncut wood pieces on the end for serving as a handle
After you have routed as far as possible, keep in mind turning off the model, removing that piece and cutting off the handle
Straightedges without any jointer:
With this tool, you are able to joint boards while utilizing the only router. In general, this is a combination of a long straightedge coming with clamps to hold a workpiece and a stable metal edge to guide a flush-trim bit. When you don’t utilize it, it is very easy to store against your wall.
To create a straightedge, what you need to prepare includes 8-ft long, 12-in wide plywood piece such as the shop-made equivalents, a few commercial clamps made for T-track, 8 ft of T-track, an 8-ft long piece of 1-in by 1-in aluminum angle, and melamine shelving.
Because you rout plywood, aluminum & T-track angles are flush with their surface. To screw them to plywood, it needs to be epoxy T-track into their grooves after that drilling & countersinking holes in the angles
To utilize the jig, let you clamp the board so that its uneven edge only overhangs the straight edge, set up a bottom-bearing flush-trim bit in the model & rout away.
A better method for cutting small moldings:
Whilst cutting on the router table, it is difficult to protect a narrow or thin stock away chattering. With the narrow strips like the bead molding, it is safe & easy to rout the profile on your wide board after that cutting off its shaped edge on a table saw.
A spiral bit can usually create a more precise and smoother cut than a straight bit. The up-cut spiral bit can pull chip up & out which makes it ideal to cut mortises in a solid wood piece. Meanwhile, the down-cut bit can push chip downward so it’s great to make chip-free dados in melamine & plywood. I don’t highly recommend you use a down-cut bit in a router table but it is able to pull the workpiece up to the router table. The design of a compression bit includes spirals running 2 methods: up & down, pushing chips toward its middle. This is the best option to rout the edges of melamine or plywood. The result is that a chip-free surface on both its sides
Shape thick parts in 2 steps:
The best plan would be to create the identical parts (that means using a top-bearing pattern or template bit). The majority of pattern models are not too long but you can utilize it for thick part. Below is how to do:
First of all, rout the bottom half of that part
Next, remove that part from the template in order to set up into your router a bottom bearing flush-trim bit. Remember to adjust the height of your bit so that the bearing rides on the surface which is made by the pattern model. Finally, all completed.
My name is Henry J.Mosley, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my router table business. My wife and I have 2 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and try to help some people out. Enjoy!