In this article, you will be able to find a few very simple but handy tricks and tips that will help you improve your router handling skills.
Using a router is not as easy as it may seem to you at first, but with some practice and these tricks, you will be able to master every skill that you need to make perfect cuts. Here is a short list of some handy tricks and tips that you can learn quickly.
1. Chip-Free Cutting
People who had some experience using a router table will know that there is a lot of chips falling all around the working area when cutting wood. Sometimes, if you are not experienced with routers, you can make the mistake of buying cheaper cutting bits that have a design flaw. The reason why they are not designed well is in fact because they don’t pull out the wood chips when cutting the material. That can be very frustrating when you are continually using it and working with a lot of wood.
2. Featherboards for Increased Accuracy
As a woodworker, having quality tools will be a priority in your shop because you want to be able to make the highest quality products. If you don’t invest money in quality equipment, you cannot expect to have quality results.
However, sometimes investing in a quality power tool will not guarantee you extreme precision. With router tables, if you want to achieve the maximum accuracy possible, you will need to use the following trick. It’s is very simple, and you don’t need to invest in anything expensive. All you need are two Feather boards to maximize your cutting accuracy.
The trick is especially good when you are cutting some narrow moldings because as you might know from experience, having straight and smooth cuts is difficult to achieve. To use this trick, you will need to make the molding very long and don’t cut the wood at the end off because that will serve you like a handle.
When you start the cut, and your router reaches the furthest point, just turn it off and safely remove the material to cut off the handle at the end. This simple trick will save you a lot of material and time because you will always get the perfect cut with only one try.
3. Improved Small Molding Cuts
As you might already know, getting a smooth small cut when cutting a molding is very hard, and you will have to try it few times before you get a somewhat good result that you can use for your product. Well, this little trick will save you a lot of precious time, material, and money.
If you need narrow strips cut like for a regular bead molding, the best way is to use a wide board that you have to profile first. When that’s done, cut the edge off with a standard saw. That way, you will have the perfect narrow strips, and every cut will look like a professional did it. That will surely give you more options in the workshop.
4. Too Big for a Table Saw?
Some people run into an issue when they end up working with a piece of material that cannot fit onto a table saw to crosscut it. Well, you don’t need to worry about that anymore because we have a straightforward solution that will fix this problem. Surprisingly, a lot of people have been dealing with this issue, and nobody seemed to have found an answer, but luckily for you, we have a trick that will save you from a lot of stress.
All you need to do is use your regular router with a large pattern type bit. Of course, even with that, you want to do things the easiest way, so we recommend you use a jigsaw to cut off top end, close to the length you need. The next step is to use some type of fiberboard or even plywood with two adjacent edges.
That will serve as a guide for your router, and those edges will make your top square shaped. If you want to achieve the best result with this method, we suggest that you find a pattern bit that is at least 1 inch in diameter because it will guarantee you a much smoother cut.
5. Adding a Base Plate
Using a router can be tricky, especially if you don’t have any professional woodworking experience. However, you need to use your tools the right way if you want to achieve the best results. That’s why we are here to give you tips and tricks that will help you deal with any potential issues.
One of the tricks that we have for you is to install a new baseplate to your router because it’s beneficial, and it will undoubtedly come in handy in many situations, especially when cutting a wide distance. The key thing that you want to look out for when installing a base plate is precision. Also, try not to make many mistakes with the screw holes because that might affect your accuracy after.
You should want to have your cutting bit located precisely in the middle of the base plate to give you maximum precision. For this job, we would recommend that you get a set of specialized cone-pointed setscrews. If you are not entirely sure how to add a base plate correctly to your router, you might want to see some example pictures or even a video tutorial on the internet. The installation is not that complicated, but it requires focus.
6. Use Clamps
One of the most surprising mistakes made by many rookie woodworkers is that they never use clamps when using a router to cut their material. As an experienced woodworker, you should know that clams are one of your best friends in the woodwork shop because they can hold any material or object in place while you are working on it. When cutting something, you always want to have it completely stable because even the slightest move can ruin your entire project and your pieces will not fit when you try to assemble them.
That will cost you more money, time and material, but you can avoid it with a simple trick like using strong clamps while working with materials. Precision should be your number one priority at all times because it will guarantee you success and quality results. If you don’t have a set of quality and reliable clamps, we strongly suggest that you get them immediately because they will make a huge difference in your work. Furthermore, these clamps are not only beneficial for your results but because they also provide a much safer cutting process.
7. Cutting Identical Pieces
8. Use Ramps with Templates
Using a template will make your job easier when making identical pieces, but that is not all, you can make some additional modifications that will make your job even easier than that. What we have for you is a trick that you can quickly start using, and it is called adding ramps to your template.
Put a ramp across your workpiece and discover a whole new world of cutting that everyone can do like a pro. This trick will help you improve your precision and get you much smoother and professional looking pieces that will improve the overall quality of your workpiece.
Here are some of the best tricks we had in store, but we’ll be back with more ideas you can use in your workshop in your future work. Have a good one.